Spring 2019 Colloquia

Ethnographic Film:
Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Film screenings are at SFU Burnaby Campus
See specific events for time and location

Open to all
light refreshments served

The Strawberry Tree (Cuba/Canada)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Academic Quadrangle Building, AQ 5067
Ellen Gee Common Room

Simone Rapisarda, MSc, MFA, Assisant Professor, School of Contemporary Arts/Film, Simon Fraser University

Simone Rapisarda is a filmmaker engaged in work that challenges the traditional border between creative and critical practice. He will introduce and discuss his feature film The Strawberry Tree, an experimental ethnography capturing the haunting final sigh of one of Cuba’s last fishing villages.  The film was selected by Film Comment as one of the 50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012.

His feature-length films have garnered accolades at major festivals worldwide and are part of the permanent collections of museums and galleries, such as the MoMA in New York and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He was the recipient of the Best Emerging Director award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014. 

Through the Looking Glass

NEW DATE:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Academic Quadrangle Building, AQ 5067
Ellen Gee Common Room

Co-sponsored with David Lam Centre for International Communication, SFU

Yi Cui, Term Lecturer, School of Contemporary Arts/Film, Simon Fraser University

Yi Cui was born and raised in northwest China and currently lives between her homeland and Canada. Before starting to make films, she worked in conservation ecology. She received her MFA in Film and Video from York University in Toronto. Her filmmaking practice has explored diverse formal approaches and the search for the poetics in cinematic medium has been a recurring theme in her works.

At this colloquium, filmmaker Yi Cui will introduce a few works made by Tibetan herdsmen, monks and young students, and will discuss her observations and analyses developed while she worked in the local Tibetan communities helping people to make their own films. Cui will also show her own short film THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, which contemplates emerging autoethnographic filmmaking in Tibet. 

Breaking Ground: Indigenous Media and Cultural Institutions in Canada after 1990

Monday, January 28, 2019

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Room AQ 3154

Karrmen Crey, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Karrmen Crey is Sto:lo and a member of the Cheam Band.  Her research examines the rise of Indigenous media in Canada, and the institutions of media culture that Indigenous media practitioners have historically engaged and navigated to produce their work. Her current research examines Indigenous film festivals and Indigenous digital media, particularly Indigenous virtual reality and augmented reality.

Angry Inuk

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Academic Quadrangle Building, AQ 5067
Ellen Gee Common Room

Welcome and Introduction by Dara Culhane, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.