LENA DITTE NISSEN
Festival de nouveau cinema, CA
CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DK
VIDEONALE SCOPE, DE
Experiments in Cinema, Alburquerque, USA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA
Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK
Belo Horizonte Intl. Short Film Festival, BRA
Anthology Film Archive, NYC, USA
Dresdner Schmalfilmtage, DE
Printed and hand-sprayed edition on the occasion of the screening at VIDEONALE SCOPE, Bonn
'Anóme' unites two matriarchal cultures from each corner of the world in a common, cinematic sisterhood. The Chinese Moshu tribe and the Kuna tribe from Panama are interwoven in Lena Ditte Nissen's ethnographic journey – both inner and outer. It is a journey to remote geographical areas and to the extreme, darkened rooms of the mind. Using surreal, trance-like black and white images and an evocative soundtrack, 'Anóme' performs an optical, matriarchal ritual. In a film language that approaches Ben Rivers' enigmatic anthropology, Lena Ditte Nissen examines the sensory experience of being immersed in the women's tribes. But as an access-point to ethnographic research, the film must ask itself and the audience a number of fundamental questions about the encounter with the Other and about the right to make cultural definitions. 'Anóme' mixes its interpersonal, inter-female project with reflections on ethnographic filmmaking and methods.
Experimental film, 13minutes, 16mm to HD-Video
Interweaving documentary images from the two matrilineal tribes of the Moshu (China) and the Kuna (Panama) this film connects alleged female societies from continent to continent. The link between these two worlds is the filmmaker herself, trying to cope with the otherness of what is seen and the strangeness of the inner experience. Refusing to see at times, unable to make visible.