Cultural Heritage Days

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September 18, 2010 - 15:30 - September 19, 2010 - 18:00
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Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
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Auditorium
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Cultural Heritage Days

Countries, Cultures, People – documentary films of some countries where CEU students are from. The selected documentary films present rural cultures and customs which can also be considered as cultural heritage of the world.

There will be guided tours, film screenings and a concert.

September 18, Saturday, 3.30-5 PM – Auditorium

Golden Hut: A Year with Emilke Karácsony in the Hidegség of Gyimes / Aranykalyiba
(Dezso Zsigmond, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film)

Thirteen-year-old Emilke, who is similar to Ábel (the protagonist of a famous novel about a young boy living in the mountains of Transylvania transl.), lives in his mountain hut in a place called Hidegség in Gyimes, Transylvania. From early spring to the first snowfall he grazes cows, makes cheese from the milk, and only sees his parents when one or the other goes up to the mountain pasture and takes the cheese home. These meetings are rare and short. The only companions for the boy are the cows and the dogs, since he has to climb one or two hills just to get to the closest neighbour. The hours, days, weeks, spring, summer, and autumn melt into each other in this solitude.

There Are Women in Russian Villages…
(Pavel Kostomarov, Anton Kattin, Russia, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film)
In this film, two women, a mother and her daughter, demonstrate that poverty in Russia is increasingly a women's phemenon. Luba and Alesaya live in a typical Russian village: the population consists of male drunkards, with few or no exceptions, and exhausted women. Luba and Alesya are milkmaids at a state farm - a profession that is underpaid and perceived as too strenous for most people. But Luba and Alesya, who are raising children and fleeing domestic violence, have little choice. While many in their circumstances would seek help from their government, they have no one to rely on in their small, isolated village except themselves.

September 19, Sunday, 3.30-5 PM – Auditorium

Forgotten
(Jack Shaka, Kenya and Uganda, 2009, English/Dubbing: English, 25 min, documentary film)
A documentary about the famine ravaging Kenya, with a focus on the pastoralist community in Kajiado. The film follows a group of Maasai as they migrate with their cattle to seek pasture in distant territory - which means trekking over 400 km. While traveling, some die - like their livestock - of disease, but it is a trek they have to make if the animals are to survive. If the cattle survive then the people and the tribe will survive. Some women who stay at home lose both the cattle and their husbands. For them life is even harder a life in debt and at the mercy of others. In some cases, entire families decided to embark on this journey, because the situation compels them to do so. They become uprooted. Parents are forced to deprive their children of a stable home and education. But choosing not to migrate might endanger their existence. So is migration really a choice?

Elechek
(Nailya Rakhmadieva, Kyrgyzstan, 2006, Kyrgyz/Dubbing: Russian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film)
Sairash was an exemplary wife for twenty years. After her wedding, she put her former life 'on hold' and began to create a new one with her husband, building a house with the modest means available and finding joy in every new success on the road to their future together. When the new home was finally completed, her husband brought a new, younger, wife into the household, deciding to form a family with both the women, and their children. Sairash rebelled, however. She couldn't stand the new order and after a while she left home. In rebelling against the accepted order, did she become a bad wife, or an example and model for all oppressed women? Weaving together scenes from Sairash's daily routine with frank interviews both with Sairash herself and those close to her the filmmaker creates a picture of her transformed life. She thus portrays the inner workings of a woman who has found a new meaning in life, but whose happiness will never be complete without a husband and her children. The documentary is also a commentary on the current postwar situation in Kyrgyzstan where the number of women exceeds that of men, thus leading to frequent cases of polygamy. Sairash, rebelling against the strong, but unfair, order, still wears the elechek the traditional high headdress worn by elderly married women in Kyrgyzstan. The filmmaker sensitively contrasts her rebellion with the conservative majority view that families should stay together, no matter what the cost.

Yaptik-Hasse
(Edgar Bartenev, Russia, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film)
A group of nomadic Nenets live in the Siberian tundra at "The End of the World", as the territory is known in the local dialect, traveling around the region with their reindeer herd. Yaptik-Hasse is one of the younger members of the extended Yaptik family. He is also their good spirit and therefore privileged to ride on a sacred sledge. Edgar Bartenev's film is a poetic contemplation of the rhythms of a life governed by the pulse of nature. The film offers an intimate portrait of a family as well as an insight into a nomadic culture.

The films are selected from the Film Library of the Open Society Archive, CEU.

September 19, Sunday, 5-6PM – Nador 15 courtyard
Concert: Akademia Brass Quintet: Brass-Ticoum

Lucky Roberts: Junk Man Rag
Victor Young: When I fall in love
Bill Taylor: Bit of Bedlam
Henry Mancini: Pink Panther
Abreau: Tico‑Tico
Stevie Wonder: You are the sunshine of my life
Kalman Imre: Csardaskiralyno

THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC