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October 15

An Evening With Stéphane Breton

French anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker Stéphane Breton visits for an evening to present his portraits of life in New Guinea.

This program is co-presented with the Film Study Center, The Department of Anthropology, and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  Special thanks to French Cultural Services . Program notes adapted from the Oxdox International Film Festival.


October 15 (Sunday) 7 pm

Them and Me (Eux et moi)

Directed by Stéphane Breton, Appearing in Person
France 2001, video, color, 63 min.
French with English subtitles

As a tribe and its ethnologist meet on the highlands of Guinea, Them and Me inverts the classical approach of ethnographic films to show how the subject sees the person looking at it.  The frustrations of the ethnologist and the speculations revolving around him become evident. What unfolds is a documentary not about an exotic or very exotic society but a film that reveals the exoticism of the one who observes.

Heaven in A Garden (Le ciel dans le jardin)

Directed by Stéphane Breton, Appearing in Person
France 2004, video, color, 60 min.
French with English subtitles

In the “sequel” to Them and Me, the narrator intimately describes his last trip to the remote country where he used to go regularly, and where circumstances now prevent him from visiting.

 

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