20 March, 2019 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Gabrielle Brady 2018 (94min).
Island of the Hungary Ghosts is a hybrid documentary that moves between the natural migration and the chaotic and tragic migration of the humans on Christmas Island, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures.
21 August, 2019 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Jumana Manna 2018 (66min)
The film is a succession of processes and observations of industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity. The director sent the following link to her article which was written in relation to the film.
25 September, 2019 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
By Loud Roar Productions (63min)
In 1992, as pressure from international conservation groups to protect the great forests of Uganda mounted, the indigenous Batwa tribe was forcefully removed from their ancestral home by the Ugandan government. One of the most ecologically diverse places on earth, the Bwindi impenetrable forest nurtured the Batwa, and in turn the tribe worshipped all that it gave them. Upon eviction, however, the Batwa received nothing in the way of compensation or support, and so fell into poverty.
The payment for screening rights goes directly to the Batwa community in Kisoro.
23 October, 2019 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Robert Nugent, 2007 (83min).
End of the Rainbow is an elegiac portrait of the changes brought by the arrival of an industrial gold mine in a remote region of West Africa, and a testament to the universal human desire for a better life.
21 March, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054) Townsville Ed Central Lecture Hall 134-010
Directed by Chris Jordan (97 mins, 2017)
This installation evokes encounters between marine life and plastics. Curated by JCU's newly formed Creative Ecologies research collective, the exhibition is compelled by a shared sense of urgency about the need for human behavioural change as plastic pollution dramatically impacts the ecologies of ocean habitats. The exhibition will feature art made from marine debris by Robyn Glade-Wright and Barbara Dover, accompanied by commentary from marine scientists, community activists and performance poet, MC Nannarchy.
In the same week, there is going to be an exhibition at The Cairns Institute - Plasticene Marine
23 May, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054) Townsville Ed Central Lecture Hall 134-010
Directed by Fabrizio Terranova (90min, 2016)
Donna Haraway is a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology, a feminist, and a science-fiction enthusiast who works at building a bridge between science and fiction. Haraway is a gifted storyteller who paints a rebellious and hopeful universe teeming with creatures and futuristic trans species, in an era of disasters.
22 August, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Jiu-Liang Wang 2017 (82 min)
PLASTIC CHINA explores how the work of recycling plastic waste with bare hands takes a toll not only on health, but also the dilemma of poverty, disease, pollution and death. All of this to eek out a daily living.
19 September, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Nicolas Pradal & Pierre Selvini (2016, 105 mins)
This visually stunning documentary profiles the Wayana people of French Guiana, an Indigenous tribe with an intense spiritual connection to its pristine habitat, and explores contemporary life in the face of inevitable change.
24 October, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Matthieu Rytz (2018, 77 min)
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.
15 March, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Steve Bradshaw (97mins, 2015).
In Steve Bradshaw’s feature documentary Anthropocene, a group of scholars discuss if we live in a new geological epoch and describe how we have created our artificial planet. Is our story a tragedy, a comedy… or something more surreal? And how should we write the next – and maybe final – chapter?
The Director of the Cairns Institute, Professor Stewart Lockie, will open our 2017 film series on the anthropocene and introduce our first guest speaker; Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate Fellowship, Bill Laurance, Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science and ALERT-conservation at JCU.
Professor Laurance will introduce us to the theme of the anthropocene and kick off a discussion about the ways that the social and natural sciences might join forces to engage the urgent issues arising from the impacts of human activity on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems.
12 April, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Olivier Pollet (2012)
Our Anthropocene film series continues with Olivier Pollet's Canning Paradise (2012). This feature-length documentary concerns the global tuna industry and the world’s biggest export markets. Set in the north-eastern part of Papua New Guinea, the film follows the struggle of local communities to protect their fishing grounds and future livelihood.
We welcome our second guest speaker, Dr Simon Foale, JCU lecturer and researcher at the College of Arts, Society & Education, and the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change to introduce the film. Dr Foale will talk about ecological, economic and political aspects of the increasing importance of pelagic fisheries for food security and livelihoods in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
The director Olivier Pollet will join us for discussion on Skype after the screening.
17 May, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Our third screening in the Anthropocene series is Mike Plunkett's nonfiction feature film 'Salero' (76 mins, 2015).
The earth’s largest salt flat, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, is an otherworldly expanse of white. For generations, the only signs of life have been the Saleros who harvest salt from its radiant surface. This secluded region is thrust into the future when Bolivia embarks on a plan to extract a precious mineral from the Salar and to build an infrastructure that will connect it to the modernised world. Salero is a poetic journey through the eyes of Moises, one of the last remaining salt gatherers, whose story explores how identity is formed by both tradition and progress.
The film will be introduced by the Director of The Cairns Institute, Distinguished Professor Stewart Lockie, who will broaden our understanding of the anthropocene epoch from a sociological perspective.
23 August, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel (102 mins, 2016)
In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact.
The film will be introduced by Dr Simon E. Overall who has extensive experience working with the people and languages of north Peru. He is a Research Fellow at the College of Arts, Society & Education as well as The Language & Culture Research Centre.
13 September, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Directed by Robert Nugent (89 mins, 2016)
Somewhere in the remote deserts of Australia lived an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology. It disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching for evidence of its existence became a preoccupation. Night Parrot Stories was filmed in all the locations where Night Parrots once lived, during a time when stories of extinction were everywhere.
We will welcome the director Robert Nugent who will introduce the film and participate in the Q&A afterwards.
26 October, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Is there any life after death? And what influence does this idea have on the living? Two anthropologists-cum-filmmakers, Ton Otto and Christian Suhr pursue these questions in two different places: Baluan Island in Papua New Guinea and Maastricht in the Netherlands. Ton interrogates his relatives (adopted and biological) in both places and Christian and Ton interrogate each other and representatives from different churches as part of this cinematic dialectical quest for answers about one of the great mysteries in our lives.
23 March, 2016 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
'Coming to Light' (2000, 84 mins) tells a story of Edward S. Curtis, a complicated, passionate, self-educated pioneer and visionary who set out in 1900 to document traditional Indian life before it was gone. The film explores the often controversial nature of Curtis's romantic images, and the meaning they have for Native Americans today. In the documentary, descendants of Curtis's photographic subjects, tell stories about the people in the pictures, and describe way in which they are using the photographs to revive their own traditions in the modern world.
Screened with permission of Makepeace Productions. ALTAR’s Daniela Vávrová will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards.
27 April, 2016 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
'An Ecology of Mind' (2010, 60 mins) is a film portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher and filmmaker, produced and directed by his daughter, Nora Bateson. The film inspires the audience to see our lives within a larger system – glistening with symmetry, play, and metaphor. It is an invitation to ask the kinds of questions that could help thread the world back together from the inside.
Screened with permission of Nora Bateson. ALTAR’s Daniela Vávrová will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards.
25 May, 2016 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
‘Notebook on Cities and Clothes’ (1989, 81 mins) is a film portrait of Tokyo based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. Wim Wenders was commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou to make a film about fashion and its place in contemporary society. Moving between Tokyo and Paris, from the creation of one collection to its premiere at a fashion show, the film is an intimate portrait of a consummate professional and an engaging exploration of the visual medium.
Screened with permission of Wim Wenders Stiftung in Germany, Axiom Films UK and Madman Entertainment, Australia. ALTAR’s Daniela Vávrová will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards.
17 August, 2016 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
'The Intervention Trilogy' consists of three short films of the Karrabing Film Collective. Conceived, performed, and by the third film, shot by the Collective, each film draws on actual events even as it plays with the line between fiction and nonfiction in order to convey the everyday truths of contemporary Indigenous life. Karrabing Film Collective films have shown nationally and internationally, and have received the Cinema Nova Best Fiction Short Film at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival and the 2015 Visible Award.
Screened with permission of the Karrabing Film Collective. Q&A with the members of Karrabing Film Collective and ALTAR’s Jennifer Deger after the screening.
14 September, 2016 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
'Tanna' (2015, 104 mins) is the first film shot entirely in Vanuatu. Breathtaking in scope and naturalism, the film was developed and performed by the people of Yakel, based on a true story. This ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tale of forbidden love and adventure captures youthful romance and the formidable pressures of tribal life. The film won the audience award for best feature film at the 72nd annual Venice film festival.
Screened with permission of Umbrella Entertainment. ALTAR’s Jennifer Deger will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards.
26 October, 2016 from 06:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 5
This time ALTAR funds the Q&A at the Tanks Round Cinema. First 15 people who register through ALTAR will have FREE admission.
‘Motorkite Dreaming’ (2016, 90 mins) is a story of two couples who get off the couch and undertake the adventure of their lifetime. Director Charlie Hill-Smith said: “The idea is to screen a rollicking cross-cultural adventure, that accesses rarely seen Australia, by way of ludicrous flying machines. In many ways it’s a Trojan horse narrative; a story that smells like an adventure, but one that takes audiences to places where they might open their eyes to a culture of mind-boggling complexity, beauty and humour.”
Presented by End Credits Film Club, Tanks Arts Centre and Tanks Round Cinema and Cairns Regional Council.
18 February, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner (2001, 161 minutes) is an exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik. The film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters. Atanarjuat is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit.
The film will be introduced by filmmaker and anthropologist Jennifer Deger at the Cairns Institute and followed by an open forum discussion.
Screened with permission of the Igloolik Isuma Productions.
18 March, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Two filmmakers portray life in the village and in the mission of Sangradouro, Mato Grosso: Adalbert Heide, an eccentric German missionary, that soon after the contact with the Indians, in 1957, starts to film with his Super-8 camera; and Divino Tserewahu, a young Xavante filmmaker, that produces films for television and cinema festivals since the 90s. Shifting between complicity, competition, irony and affect, they give life to their historical records, revealing peculiar backstages of indigenous catechizing in Brazil.
Screened with the permission of the filmmaker Tiago Campos who made the film in association with Vídeo nas Aldeias (VNA – Video in the villages), a pioneer project in the field of indigenous audiovisual production in Brazil.
29 April, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
The Hyperwomen (2011. 80 mins). Fearing the death of his wife, an old man requests that his nephew perform the Jamurikumalu, the main women's ritual of the Indigenous peoples of the Upper Xingu (Mato Grosso, Brazil), so that she may sing one last time. The women start the rehearsals, but the only singer who really knows all the songs is seriously ill.
27 May, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Manakamana (2013, 118 mins). High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana, the wish-fulfilling goddess. Shot in s16mm film, the directors experimented not only with the format but also with the fiction and non-fiction. The film is about shifting perceptions between the foreground (the human subjects and the space of the cable car) and background (the massive landscape which is never revealed or encompassed as a whole).
Screened with permission of the filmmakers Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez. Produced at The Sensory Ethnography Laboratory.
22 July, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR and cyberTribe present a special screening for NAIDOC: 'The Fringe Dwellers' (1986, 98 minutes) is an acclaimed Australian film about an Aboriginal family who dreams of moving out of the fringe, into the mainstream. The first Australian film featuring Indigenous actors in all the major roles, it was directed by Bruce Beresford and based on the novel of the same title by Nene Gare. Indigenous activist, poet, and educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal (previously known as Kath Walker) worked as both an actor in, and script adviser for, the film.
The film will be introduced by artist Jenny Fraser and followed by an open forum discussion. Screened with permission of Umbrella Entertainment.
26 August, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR and LCRC (Language and Culture Research Centre) present a special screening of ’War of the Gods’ (1971, 52 mins). This film portraying Makú and Barasana of Colombia is one of several documentaries of the Disappearing World Series produced by the Granada TV in the UK from 1970-1990s. The film contrasts the belief systems and way of life of the Indians, presented by the anthropologists who worked and lived with them, with those of Protestant and Catholic missionaries.
The film will be introduced by Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, specialist in Amazonian and Papua New Guinean languages and her student Kasia I. Wojtylak, doing research in Colombia. Screened with permission of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
23 September, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR presents Leviathan (2012, 87 mins), a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Amongst the most provocative and influential documentaries of recent times, Leviathan was filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville's inspiration for 'Moby Dick'. It is entirely dialogue free, yet mesmerizing and gripping throughout as it presents a cosmic portrait of one of mankind's oldest endeavors. Made by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, filmmakers and anthropologists.
Screened with permission of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. The film will be introduced by anthropologist and filmmaker Jennifer Deger and followed by an open forum discussion.
28 October, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
'Vanuatu Women's Water Music' (2014, 62 mins) is the result of a collaborative project between the people of the Leweton village and Further Arts, a Vanuatu-based NGO. The film shuns Western/European narrative concepts. Instead it adopts a contemporary style of its own: Art Doco. The result is a non-narrative meditation on indigenous performance and representation. It has received 5-star review from Songlines Magazine (UK) and is described as ‘absolutely perfect’ and ‘visually stunning as well as culturally important’.
Sandy Sur, the founder of the Leweton village and leader of the renowned performance troupe ‘Leweton Cultural Experience’ will introduce the film. Afterwards ALTAR's Jennifer Deger will facilitate a discussion with Sandy and producer/doctoral researcher, Tom Dick, about the interweaving themes of creative endeavour, artistic commodity and academic research.
25 November, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
'Gleaners and I' (2000, 82 mins) is an intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life, as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnès Varda. The aesthetic, political and finally moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip, and in previous generations were immortalized by the likes of Millet and Van Gogh.
Screened with permission of CINÉ TAMARIS. The film closes our theme of 2015: A Way of Looking. ALTAR’s Daniela Vavrova will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards.
26 February, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR's first ethnographic film screening will be Robert Flaherty's classic "Nanook of the North". In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his Inuit family struggling to survive in the harsh conditions of Canada's Hudson Bay.
19 March, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR's second ethnographic film screening will be A Sixth Part of the World, a poetic travelogue of 1920s Russia by Dziga Vertov. Unlike Flaherty’s narrative style with a linear progression of time in Nanook of the North, Vertov’s editing approach stressed the rhythm and juxtaposition of images which came to be known as montage – a style that created a new aesthetic in documentary filmmaking.
16 April, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR's third ethnographic film screening will be a classic 'ethno-fiction' Jaguar, a film by Jean Rouch. It is a combination of Flaherty's narrative style and Vertov's cinematic truth. Rouch developed an entirely new kind of film practice that blurred the boundaries between fiction and reality. He created a style called 'shared anthropology'.
28 May, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR's next film will open up a new theme about the tension and connection between the seen and unseen, living and dead. Through anthropological and local interpretations, Koriam's Law explores the complex social phenomenon in the Pacific known as 'cargo-cult'. The film portrays a local cult in Papua New Guinea which sought to uncover the secrets to an ideal life that Whites possessed but were keeping to themselves.
26 June, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR's next film will continue the theme about the connection and tension between the visible and invisible, living and dead. Descending with Angels is about jinn possession, Islamic healing, and psychiatry in Denmark. It compares two medical systems that despite vast differences both share a view of healing as operating through the patient’s submission to, and faith in an external non-human power, namely God or biomedicine respectively.
Screened with special permission of the author Christian Suhr who will be available for discussion after the screening via Skype.
23 July, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
ALTAR's next film will conclude the theme about the connection and tension between the visible and invisible, living and dead. Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit is a film about connecting cultures through feeling, about sorrows and joys, arrivals and departures. Created by a team led by Yolngu director, Paul Gurrumuruwuy, the film shows how Yolngu people in Gapuwiyak in Northeast Arnhem Land create innovative rituals to draw their beloved dead out from their graves and clan waters, so that families can join together in Christmas spirit.
Screened with special permission of the Miyarrka Media. The film will be introduced by the co-director and anthropologist Jennifer Deger, and followed by open forum discussion.
29 October, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM. The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
Skin has Eyes and Ears is ALTAR founder Daniela Vavrova's latest film, produced as part of her PhD degree. Selected for three acclaimed international film festivals including the Jean Rouch Festival, the film is a foray into the embodied experience of place and time among the Ambonwari people of Papua New Guinea. The limits of sensory mediation are explored through the film while at the same time it plays with the infinite options of sensual stimulation and interconnectedness that only a film experience can offer.
The film will be introduced by the author and followed by Q&A.