The Professional Foreigner

The Professional Foreigner

Downloadable Video - 2015
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Asen Balikci has been a leading figure in making ethnographic films for many decades. In a series of talks between Balikci and filmmaker Rolf Husmann in different locations, the life and work of Asen Balikci are shown and discussed: the film takes us from Asen's youth in Istanbul to his career in Canada where he became famous for making the Netsilik Eskimo Series, to filming in Afghanistan and then turning to two other activities of his: as a networker for the Commission on Visual Anthropology (CVA) and as a teacher of Summer Schools in Siberia and Bulgaria. His film work among the Bulgarian Pomak and his still ongoing work in Sikkim (India) conclude the film which is not only the portrait of a famous expert in Visual Ethnography, but also more generally touches upon vital issues of ethnographic filmmaking. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards Worldfilm 2009, Tartu Festival of Visual Culture, Estonia, 2009 Days of Ethnographic Film, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2009 Freiburg Film Forum, Germany, 2009 Royal Anthropological Institute International Festival of Ethnographic Film, UK, 2009 ICAES World Forum, Kunming, China, 2009 University of British Columbia Ethnographic Film Festival, Canada, 2009 AAA/SVA Film, Video and Multimedia Festival, Philadelphia, PA, 2009 International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009 International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (FIFEQ), Canada, 2010
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file)


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