Our „Etnofilm. Ethnographic film and recording review” project aims to popularize and broaden access to ethnographic film works and thus also popularize the legacy of Poland’s folk culture. The project is focused on presenting materials from the lesser known movie archives, such as the Educational Films Studio in Lodz.
Despite a relatively extensive collection of ethnographic movies existing since the 30s decade of the 20th century, the genre remains mostly unknown to the wider public. These documentary films are mainly relegated to museum archives, occasionally being used in workshops or ever so rare specialist film reviews.
With Etnofilm we hope to bring these works outside the museum walls, and return them to the spaces from which they originate – both those of their professional and amateur creators and provincial villages and towns they depict. At the same time, our preparations include obtaining and digitizing the particularly inaccessible works, which should interest even the experienced ethnography and anthropology researchers.
During the first edition of the Etnofilm film review, we will present ten documentaries directed by Andrzej Różycki and Witold Żukowski. Due to current epidemiological situation, it will be an on-line event, with film showings, expert commentary and discussion panels conducted online. However, in the following years we hope to turn the project into a series of showing in different towns across Poland, tightening our partnership with various local ethnographic museums.