Film Screenings – Thursday 22-09-2016

3.00pm – 5.00pm

Rezeki: Gold and Stone Mining in Aceh is a 52-minute film based on Giacomo Tabacco’s research on gold and stone mining and Silvia Vignato’s research on marriage and labour in West Aceh. It is about seeking fortune and fast money in post-tsunami, post-conflict and resource-rich Aceh. It describes the relationship between matrifocal agricultural work and male-dominated work in the gold mines, where women are banned. It is a film about young men desiring success and women, and young women laughing about them. It is also a vision of landscapes of different resources.

The film does not privilege one character over another, however, it does feature a woman’s narration. She is a war survivor, a farmer and the mother of two miners. The images of miners descending down the mineshafts are interspersed with images of everyday life in the village.

The film is the result of a collaboration with film maker Parsifal Reparato and was shot in February 2015.

Concept: Silvia Vignato; Authors: Silvia Vignato and Giacomo Tabacco; Directors: Silvia Vignato and Parsifal Reparato

Year of production: 2015; Language: Indonesian and Acehnese with English subtitles; Length: 52 minutes; Producers: Seatide and University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB)

This film is part of a long term ethnographic fieldwork in Aceh Jaha. Silvia has been researching the post-tsunami and post-civil conflict young generation while Giacomo has specifically studied mining in the same area.

They met people busy “trying their luck, making money”.

In early 2015 Silvia, Giacomo and filmmaker Parsifal shot these images.