Accepted paper:

The seagull flying against the wind

Author:

Jaroslava Panakova (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava)

Paper short abstract:

Ethnographic film here is as a way to grasp experience of a temporary migrant from Siberia into the city. The seagull flight through a gorge is a metaphor for young people who let themselves be driven in the currents of both overwhelming modernity and self-perfection. 15' film and 10’ filmmaker-led discussion

Paper long abstract:

Anthropological research on temporary migration and inclusion of "Other" preceded the film production. Film itself portrays several Arctic students who live temporarily in Saint Petersburg. They are driven by knowledge and civilization, yet at the same time they return mentally to their roots. In order to feel more secure and sure of themselves, they organize their dance group where they rediscover their "traditional culture". This place suddenly reminds of a small "Chukotka" set right in the metropolis. One of the traditional dances gave name to the whole film. The seagull flight through a gorge is a metaphor for these young people, who instead of struggling in the culturally new environment let themselves be driven in the currents of both overwhelming modernity and self-perfection.

15' film and 10’ filmmaker-led discussion

panel P43
Film programme