Swimming in Space # 143

Swimming in Space

09:15, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Anna Mbiya Katshunga
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 43 mins
  • Country of Production: Germany
  • Location: DR of the Congo/ Germany
  • Language: French, Germany (English)


The film Swimming in Space links different perspectives to the same configuration of problems, anchored in the social, political and economic life of Lubumashi, DRC: On the one hand the perspective of an expatriate living in Berlin, who returns to his hometown after thirteen years and has to realize that the same structures he tried to fight under the Mobutu regime are still prevailing. On the other hand the perspective of theater actors living in Lubumashi, criticizing the behavior of the government in their plays and demanding considerable change. This creates a dense picture of society “up to its neck in the swamp of its past. However the heads stay afloat and the mouths call for change”.

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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.

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