Nora Wildenauer wins student prize Film Festival Denver

‘Fighting for Nothing to Happen’, the first film of anthropologist Nora Wildenauer, received the Best Graduate Student Film Award at the American Society for Visual Anthropology Film&Media Festival in Denver.

On Friday 20 November, Wildenauer received the award in Denver. The jury announced it was a tough decision that ended in a tie, handing out the award to Wildenauer’s ‘Fighting for Nothing to Happen’ as well as ‘Working is Growing’, a film of the Swiss Léa Klaue.

The jury of the American film festival praised Wildenauer’s documentary fort the insights into issues of development, religion, brokerage, regional government structures in decentralized Indonesia, and the local culture of Flores.


Fighting for Nothing to Happen

The documentary 'Fighting for Nothing to Happen’ shows the attempts of a Christian NGO after the volcanic eruption of Mount Rokatenda to push forward a relocation project for the people of Palue. It portrays a worried host community and unclear land rights at the relocation site, a corrupt and unorganized government in the district capital and impatient refugees in temporary shelters The film was made by Wildenauer during her graduation project of the special master track Visual Ethnography as a Method, for which she did three months of fieldwork in Indonesia.

Filmfestivals and nomination IIAS thesis prize

The American Film&Media Festival in Denver is not the first film festival to select the documentary; previously the film was shown at the Kratovo Ethnographic Film Festival in Macedonia and the Munich EthnoFilmFest in Germany. On top of that Wildenauer is also elected for the Master Thesis Prize in Asian Studies 2015 of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) . With this prize she could win a three months stipend to write a a PhD project proposal or a research article. The award ceremony will be held on 16 December in Leiden.

Nora Wildenauer (middle) at the SVA Film&Media film festival. Photo: Igor Karim

Nora Wildenauer (middle) at the SVA Film&Media film festival. Photo: Igor Karim

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