Ethnographic Film Night: Horror in the Andes – Between Memories

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This year’s Social Science Week Ethnographic Film night will feature two short movies: Horror in the Andes and Between Memories by Martha-Cecilia Dietrich. These films present parts of Dietrich’s work in Peru, where, for almost a decade, she has explored the questions of how people create worlds for themselves after violent conflicts and how stories are told about violence and trauma.

Horror in the Andes (2020) is a behind-the-scenes documentary that follows the process of making a horror movie in Ayacucho, Peru. In this film, Dietrich explores how Andean filmmakers use the horror genre as a means to revive stories of a pre-colonial past. Appropriating a global cinematic language to tell local (hi)stories, Horror in the Andes pays testament to the craft of filmmaking and its community.

Between Memories (2015) is an exploration of the practices of remembering in the shadow of the complex legacies of twenty years of violence and war. In three audio-visual pieces made in collaboration with relatives of the disappeared, insurgents of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) and members of the Armed Forces, this documentary creates an on-screen dialogue between memories, which in practice remains elusive.

The screening of the two films will begin at 6pm and Dietrich will join via Zoom from Amsterdam at 7pm for a conversation about the films and a discussion about positionality and authorship in ethnographic film making.

Please join us on Level 2 of the Q Building at the Univeristy of Newcastle’s Q Building at Honeysuckle. The event is free and there will be light refreshments provided.

Check out the trailers:

Horror in the Andes

Between Memories

About the Filmmaker

Dr Martha-Cecilia Dietrich is an anthropologist, filmmaker and curator who explores the politics and poetics of everyday life. One of her ambitions is to find and develop new ways of engaging with research partners through experience-led approaches. She uses observational, participatory, collaborative, and co-creative methods to produce (moving) images and sounds that enables her to explore the complex dynamics and social relationships that make up contemporary societies in Latin America. Her research is situated in the fields of memory in post-conflict settings, socio-environmental activism, and emerging forms of engaged citizenship. Dietrich holds a PhD in Social Anthropolgy with visual media and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She currently works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam.

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A zoom link can be provided for this event if you are unable to make it in person. Please contact Hedda for details.

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8 September 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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