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Tropical Amsterdam

Tropical Amsterdam is a story about many things. Using the platform of the few remaining Dutch in Sri Lanka, a hangover from colonial times, Alexa Schulz tells a poignant tale of a community on the verge of extinction. Most of the “Burghers” were children during colonial times, and now, as adults, appear to struggle somewhat … Continue reading

One Day in the Life of a Men’s Monastery

The monastery of St Simon the Zealot Hieromonk Andrei is in the disputed Caucasian region of Abkhazia but the monks who live here, on the surface, are blissfully unaware of the political struggle which hangs over this voiceless documentary. The morning clouds open up and the sun shines through, reaching down to the almost painfully … Continue reading

Dunkles, Rätselhaftes Österreich/Dark, Mysterious Austria

“As soon as Europeans write their theory, they begin to believe in it” This film is hilarious and worth watching simply as a parody of old-style ethnographic film. At its heart, however, is an important message about narcissism, ethnocentrism, imperialism and cultural superiority. Watching this film is a voyeuristic experience in that through our ridicule … Continue reading

Australia’s Aboriginal languages and the Sami in Northern Europe

I have been reading into dying and endangered languages since learning that the Saami people, Europe’s last indigenous group who live variously in the northernmost parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, have their own languages which still remain within the Finno-Ugric group of which Finnish and Hungarian are a part. I learned that “language … Continue reading

Kampf um Kärnten/Fight for Carinthia

Carinthia, Austria, is a very interesting international region, although some of its older residents might not like to think of it that way. On October 10th 1920 Carinthia held a plebiscite to decide whether it would remain part of Austria or give itself over to Slovenia, as it was home to a huge number of … Continue reading