All eyes on Cine 13 for Ethnografilm Festival 2015

In the heart of old Montmartre, from the 8th to 12th April, the historic Ciné 13 theatre welcomes the second edition of the Ethnografilm Festival – a four day event showcasing academic and documentary films that shine a light on our understanding of the social world.

The Ethnografilm Festival, co-directed by Wesley Shrum of Louisiana State University, Gregory Scott of DePaul University, is sponsored by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Society for Social Studies of Science, and LSU Video Ethnography Lab.

The Festival consists of more than a hundred films shown over the course of four days. Films that will explore the entire scale of human social existence. Films about strangers. Films about intimacy. Films from 47 countries and covering subjects that decode what it is like to live on this little tiny planet of ours.

When asked about the Festival, Wes Shrum, Director of Ethnografilm explained that “It’s a director’s festival by and for directors and is unique as it brings together both academic and documentary filmmakers. One could say the catch phrase is to celebrate and foster excellence in movies that enhance our understanding of the social world. The ultimate goal is for people to hook up and extend their network of filmmakers.”

In order to celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light (the Festival being an official partner), movies approaching light in a creative manner will be scattered throughout the event. The Festival will also include a special French session on Friday 10th April at 6:30 pm, organised by Dominique Desjeux, noted anthropologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Sorbonne Paris Cité, screening movies in French with English subtitles for everyone to enjoy.

All sessions are free.

For more information on the film festival please visit


Ciné 13 Théâtre
1 avenue Junot 75018 Paris
Métro Lamarck-Caulaincourt or Abbesses
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 54 15 12


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About Ethnografilm

The term ethnografilm was coined by sociologist and documentary filmmaker Greg Scott. Originally, an “ethnografilm” is one in which the rhetorical structure emerges from systematically collected ethnographic audiovisual data.  However, the use of the term has expanded to include a broad variety of documentaries, including historical films, which have as their main purpose the systematic understanding of the social world.

About the ISSC

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) was established in 1952 as an independent non-government organisation. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioural sciences at an international level. Its mission is to increase the production and use of social science knowledge to help solve global problems.

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