Past events
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At this year’s GIEFF (German International Ethnographic Film Festival) film day, films from Puerto Rico, Papua New Guinea, Mexico/Colombia, Germany, Cameroon and others will be shown. The programme includes successful festival films as well as world premieres.

Through the lens of ethnographic cinema, we will embark on a visual journey exploring different mediums and methodological approaches. Themes such as collective memory, intergenerational memory and community memory in various cultural contexts will provide insights into the present and the universal human experience of memory as a tool for knowledge.

A particular highlights of the festival are the World Premiere of the film “Nema” by the Cameroonian filmmaker Augustine Moukodi and the film “Seven Ridges” by Antonio Coello and Valentina Torres a first full-length feature drama to be ever produced in Cmiique Iitom (Seri language). At this year event we will also have a Virtual Reality section that will be accessible during the day.

The filmmakers will be present and introduce their films. The film day will be moderated by prominent film curator Dorothe Wenner.

A detailed programme with descriptions and film trailers will be available here from mid-March.

The Slices of Life film day is a collaboration between the Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss and the German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF).


11.00 a.m.

11:00 Welcome + VR Intro

11.10 a.m.

“El signo vacío” by Kathryn Ramey + film talk

76 min, Puerto Rico, 2023

Spanish and English with English subtitles

appropriate for all ages


Mixing a hundred years of found footage – tourism, agricultural and propaganda films – with contemporary portraits of artists and activists this film is a journey through the complex layers of the United States’ occupation of Puerto Rico. Using an experimental and ethnographic approach the film reveals how carefully crafted American fictions of “democracy” and “debt” obscure a capitalist and military domination.

More info about the film

Still from the film "El signo vacio"
© rameyfilms / Kathryn Ann Ramey


Lunch Break

1.00 p.m.

“Ophir” von Alexandre Berman and Olivier Pollet + Film Talk

98 min, Papua Neuguinea, 2020

English and Tok Pisin with English subtitles

appropriate for kids from age six


Ophir tells the story of an extraordinary indigenous revolution for life, land and culture, opening up the path for the creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. A poetic yet dramatic ode to the indelible thirst for freedom, culture and sovereignty; the film sheds light on a significant conflict of the Pacific, revealing the visible and invisible chains of colonisation and its enduring cycles of physical and psychological warfare.


More info about the film



4.00 p.m.

“7 Ridges” by Antonio Coello and Valentina Torres + Film Talk

75 min, Mexico/ Columbia, 2022

Cmiique Iitom (Seri) with English subtitles

appropriate for kids from age twelve


Following old traditions, the grandmother asks her granddaughter Margarita to prepare for her initiation into adult life. But the old values have long since succumbed to pressure from outside influences: Water shortages, modern consumer goods and drugs shape the lives of the younger generation. While her older sister loses herself in drug use, Margarita is still searching for her own way.

Sietefilos (7 Ridges), both ethnofiction and rocking coming of age musical, is the first feature film produced in the Seri language Cmiique Iitom. With it, visual anthropologist Antonio Coello contributes to the ongoing process of revitalizing Seri indigenous culture and language.


More info about the film

Film poster of "7 Ridges"
© Antonio Coello Rodríguez

6.00 p.m.

“Lydia” by Christian Becker + Film Talk

21 min, Germany, 2021

appropriate for kids from age six


Lydia – filmed in the late 1970s and written down in diary sketches in 1992, the movie tells the story of the lives of Lydia and Wolfgang B. over two decades.

She, translator of French literature, he, Romance studies professor.

Between life crisis and “joie de vivre”, full of passion and disciplined work, driven by convictions and doubts and the fear of a fatal second tumour, their film recordings and Wolfgang’s diary texts fragmentary report about the beauty and the adversity of a symbiotic marriage and yet at the same time about a whole life.


more info about the film

Film poster for "Lydia"
© Christian Becker


“Chronicle of a digital funeral” by Sophia Harb + Film Talk

11 min, Palestine, 2022

Arabic and English with English subtitles

appropriate for all ages


Chronicle of a Digital Funeral intimately follows Nasser Jaber, a socially motivated chef in New York City, as he navigates the emotional aftermath of his father’s burial in Palestine during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Interweaving live funeral footage with Nasser’s reflections, the film offers an exploration of loss and digital connection amidst distance and grief.

8.00 p.m.

“Nema” by Augustine Moukodi (world premiere) + Film Talk

82 min, Cameroon, 2023

French and Sawa languages (Douala, Pongo, Batang) with English subtitles

appropriate for all ages


Tunda is a prominent member of the Kodi community who is fighting to institute the formal teaching of his tradition. His visit to the local chapel turned sour when the priest condemned his tradition in his homily using the text from Jeremiah 10.

Still from "Nema"
© Tina Moukodi

10.00 p.m.



11.00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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