Joyous are the Eyes that See You
Karen Waltorp (Anthropology) shows and discusses her film about young Muslim women in Copenhagen and beyond
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The main protagonists in the film are two young women who have been best friends since their early years at the local public school; a Sunni Muslim of Palestinian origin, and a Shia Muslim of Kurdish-Iranian origin. We see the former with her daughter, who is then kidnapped. We follow the latter to Dubai to meet her love, and to Iran to visit family. By necessity, the film reveals and conceals simultaneously, as the young women prefer to leave things ambivalent for good reasons. The movement – harakat – of the young women dictates the form of the film. All of their performances and surfaces are treated as equally true, real, and contextual – as aspects of the person and the interaction.
Karen Waltorp is an anthropologist and filmmaker. She is Assistant professor at Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, where she teaches Visual Anthropology. Her film Manenberg, based on long-term fieldwork in a South African township, was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Basil Wright Film Prize, (2011). She is Co-director of EASA network FAN (Future Anthropologies), and has an interest in experimental forms of knowledge-making and -sharing.