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The AnthroScreeningRoom is happy to invite you to the first screening of 2019; a work by visual artist Eamonn Harnett. Join for film, discussion and drinks!

Event details of Hopes for Unity, Self-Articulation and Sustainability of a Group
Date 31 January 2019
Time 17:00 -19:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Room Anthropology Common Room (B5.12)

The AnthroScreeningRoom is happy to invite you to the first screening of 2019; a work by visual artist Eamonn Harnett. Join for film, discussion and drinks!

The film Hopes for Unity, Self-Articulation, and Sustainability of a Group (2018, 90min) is a documentary style film that focuses on one individual called Rani who lives in a small community of hunter-gatherer Agta along the Northeastern coast of the Philippines. The Agta fish and collect shellfish and octopus along a reef, bartering extra surplus meat for cash and products such as rice and alcohol. This specific community of Agta sleep on the sand, under traditional leaf woven panels.

Behind this very visual film lies a complicated story of identity, tradition, racism, poverty and questions of land ownership. The Agta live very close to urban life but through racial hierarchical differences towards indigenous minorities, a large proportion of the Agta tend to keep to themselves – and therefore having little capitalist means of development in a changing environment.

“During my five-week stay with the Agta it has not been my purpose to work with these complicated narratives, but rather to represent their lifestyle visually, through film and photography, and attempting to let their life unfold without judgment. Focusing only on this specific beach, the small attached forest and the information this group was willing to give me as a filmmaker.”

“My personal interest in the Agta has been their egalitarian strategy of survival, their site-specific worldview within the natural context, and their sustainable, seemingly utopian lifestyle. As an artist who is motivated to make worldview rather than define it, my main interest in the Agta is: Does knowledge of a larger capitalist worldview, together with its materiality, equal to sustainable-wellbeing and happiness of the individual?”

Eamonn Harnett is a half Dutch, half Irish artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and was resident at De Ateliers. Harnett is interested in anthropology and environmental sustainability and in formalizing this within his practice. This will be the first time that his film will be shown within an anthropological setting. 


The Anthropology Screening Room

Visual anthropology can help opening up the boundaries of academia, by bringing new elements into our theoretical discussions and by strengthening our interactions with non-academics, including informants. What are the opportunities of integrating visual methods in anthropological research? How can we use film productively as output in alliance with text? What are the institutional limits to do so, and how can we stretch them?

The Anthropology Screening Room aims at fostering a space in the AISSR and in the Anthropology Department to reflect on visual methods in anthropology. We want to share and reflect on questions such as: what does film / text do to anthropology? How do the narratives and media we use as anthropologist shape the ‘fields’ we attempt to study? To engage with these questions and more, we have prepared a film screening agenda around topics and concerns.

The Anthro Screening Room is a monthly event organised by Bea Addis, Anja Hiddinga, Ronja Jansz, Marijn Kraak, Fien Lindelauff, Ildikó Plájás, Mattijs van de Port & Jip van Steenis. You can contact us via e-mail or our Facebook Page:

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room Anthropology Common Room (B5.12)

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam