Babette Bürgi

Babette filming in the Netherlands

I am a Dutch-Swiss documentary filmmaker focusing on European subcultures, marginalized identities and migration. At the University of Zurich I studied Popular Culture Studies, Social Anthropology and Film Studies and as a Master Cultural Analysis and Popular Culture Studies.

A course in Visual Anthropology introduced me to ethnographic filmmaking. My documentaries reflect the fusion of cinematographic storytelling and scientific ethnography.

In 2016 I founded KALEIDODOC to produce and distribute my documentaries.

Latest work

Fennameen (Documentary about a 86 year old blind woman) 2018

Between War and Waiting (Documentary about Syrian refugees) 2016

Weder Noch mit Bart (Documentary about Transgender & Transform identities / Master Thesis) 2014

Sylt – ein audiovisueller Reisebericht (Scientific Excursion) 2013

En Guete – Kultureller Reichtum in der Küche (Summer School, short documentary about an integration programme in Switzerland) 2012

Several short films for video marketing purposes

Method

I combine the approach of ethnographic filmmaking with the artistic freedom of the medium and call this method ethnographic film art.

Strategies of ethnographic film art include:

– intensive field research
– active participation in the field
– interactive and dynamic camera work
– self-reflexivity and disclosure of the ethnographic approach
– cooperation with the protagonists during production and postproduction
– creative editing techniques, own handwriting
– recognize the relevance of the unspectacular
– merge the gaze of the ethnographer with the gaze of the protagonists

Using these tactics, it is possible to become part of a subculture and create a look from the inside based on mutual trust.

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