Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues # 51

Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues

17:15, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Alyssa Grossman Selena Kimball
  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Duration: 26 mins
  • Country of Production: Sweden/ USA
  • Location: Romania
  • Language: Romanian (English)


This split-screen, experimental video explores the complex nature of memory in contemporary post-communist Romania. Using a collection of everyday, household objects as windows into the past, it features 16mm stop-motion animations of these artifacts, projected alongside ethnographic interviews with the objects’ owners. These images serve not to illustrate people’s memories, but rather to evoke the elusive and fragmentary qualities of memory itself. Individual and collective memories diverge and intersect, giving a poignant and humorous glimpse into how Romanians are currently looking back at their communist past.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

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