Babette Bürgi

Babette filming in the Netherlands

I am a Dutch-Swiss documentary filmmaker focusing on Europeansubcultures, 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


My method is based on approaches of ethnographic film and visual anthropology. I combine this approach 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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