The Guest # 248

The Guest

14:00, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

rai 248 the-guest

  • Director/Anthropologist: Kira de Hemmer Jeppesen
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Country of Production: UK/ Denmark
  • Location: Denmark / Sweden
  • Ethnic Group: Danes/ Swedes
  • Language: Danish, Swedish (English)

Unfolding the personal story of a Danish surrogate mother, this ethnographic film contributes to anthropology on assisted reproduction, relatedness, modern kinship, and perceptions of body and mind. Following the mature surrogate and her female partner throughout the pregnancy, we are through intimate interviews given a rare insight into the tabooed and secretive world of surrogacy in Scandinavia. Dealing with social norms and possible condemnation from the outside world, the surrogate expresses motivational factors, ethical considerations and thoughts about motherhood and family concerns. The film will be of specific interest to those interested in medical anthropology, LGBT rights, reciprocity and gift giving.

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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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