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Category: Filmmaker Interviews

DER Interview with Congolese Animator Jean-Michel Kibushi
Filmmaker Interviews

Animating the DRC: Interview with Congolese Animator Jean-Michel Kibushi

Palabres Animées du Griot is our new collection of stop-motion films, full of lively animations ranging from folk tales to political critiques, by pioneering Congolese animator Jean-Michel Kibushi. To celebrate the collection’s release and offer more information on Kibushi’s work, we’re pleased to share this special guest interview with Kibushi, conducted by his long time friend and Sub-Saharan African animation expert, Paula Callus.

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Kristof Bilsen at screening of Elephant's Dream
Filmmaker Interviews

Bringing “Elephant’s Dream” back to the Congo: An Interview with Filmmaker Kristof Bilsen

We knew Kristof Bilsen had been looking forward to bringing his film, to screen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where it was made. He finally had the opportunity to do so this summer. We caught up with him to learn how the screening went.

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Collaborative Ethnography: An Interview with Filmmaker Paul Wolffram
Filmmaker Interviews

Collaborative Ethnography: An Interview with Filmmaker Paul Wolffram

Recently, I took the time to re-connect with DER filmmaker Paul Wolffram to learn more about the collaborative process behind his film, Stori TumbunaStori Tumbuna is about the Lak people in Papua New Guinea and their experience of myths.

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DER Podcast: Karim B Haroun on MYSTIC MASS
Filmmaker Interviews

DER Podcast: Karim B Haroun on MYSTIC MASS

Recently, I sat down with Karim Haroun in our office to talk about the making of MYSTIC MASS, his new film documenting the final day of the Ashura ceremony as it is practiced in Nabatiyyeh, Lebanon.

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DER Podcast: Jeff Silva on BALKAN RHAPSODIES
Filmmaker Interviews

DER Podcast: Jeff Silva on BALKAN RHAPSODIES

On one of Boston’s first beautiful spring days of 2015, I had the opportunity to meet with artist, filmmaker, and my former professor, Jeff Silva, to discuss his film, Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War. Jeff had been working on his latest project in a dark edit room all day, and my visit was a good excuse for a breath of fresh air.

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DER Podcast: Robbie Leppzer on THE TURNING TIDE COLLECTION
News, Filmmaker Interviews

DER Podcast: Robbie Leppzer on THE TURNING TIDE COLLECTION

Recently, Executive Director Alice Apley sat down here at the DER office with filmmaker Robbie Leppzer to discuss the Turning Tide Collection.

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