Accepted paper:

Be on the track of our ancestors 1-3

Authors:

Emilia Pásztor (Matrica Museum)
Karath Imre (Magistratum Studio)

Paper short abstract:

The film makers have had several cultural history expeditions in various areas of Central-Asia to study the living traditions in relation to archaeological heritage of ancient Hungarians. They created a film series on their experience: 23’, 19 & 26’ films and 15’ filmmaker-led discussion

Paper long abstract:

Imre Karáth cinematographer and Emília Pásztor archaeologist have had several cultural history expeditions in various areas of Central-Asia to study the living traditions in relation to archaeological heritage of ancient Hungarians. They created a film series on their experience:

I. Bridge of understanding

The 23 minute film shows the rich mixture of different religious beliefs and ceremonies of the region. Despite of the very different beliefs, rituals and customs, people coexist in peace and respect.

II. Spring Festival for Nature 19 minutes

The makers got an invitation from the Buriat ethnic group for an odd forest ceremony, a spring festival. It was performed with the lead of Buddhistic monks' sacrificial rites for good harvest and for the good health of people and domestic animals, but it involved ancient traditions too. Nowadays the tasks of descendants are to keep clean the earth, air and waters, namely to keep nature in balance. This episode of the series tracks the mixing and reawakening of forbidden Buddhist theories and the ancient traditions in the last decades.

III. Living Traditions

The 26 minute film shows the living traditions of Central Asia, the craftsmen working in the streets outside their houses, the everyday life of people in the countryside.

23’, 19 & 26’ films and 15’ filmmaker-led discussion

panel P43
Film programme