Active (Citizen) – Ethnographic Documentary and Q&A with the filmmaker
An intimate look at the life and work of a Roma refugee from Kosovo collecting trash on the streets of Novi Sad, Serbia, Active (citizen) is a visual ethnography focused on the material, sensorial and kinaesthetic realities of the protagonist’s work and its political and social significance – the daily activism beyond the scope of public recognition.
The film is part of a larger visual project on the ‘invisible activism’ of ethnic minorities and migrants who engage in causes beyond those important to their own community. Such activism is invisible because it happens outside any minority or migrant community structures (typical point of access for researchers and media) and because at times it takes forms which comparing to the activism of those who can afford more grand forms of engagement it seems insignificant. The film approaches the question of affordability of activism as it is conceptualised by middle-class academics and activists.
Jan Lorenz (PhD, Manchester) is a social and visual anthropologist working at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. He has done research on social belonging, religion, ethics as well as personal and collective projects of transformation and, more recently, explored the methodological and epistemic convergences between media art and anthropology.
Piotr Goldstein (PhD, Manchester) is an interdisciplinary social scientist working at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin. He has conducted research on contemporary Western Balkan civil society, the social role of bookshop-cafés in Serbia, everyday activism in Eastern and Western Europe and the role of ethnic minorities and migrants as co-creators of local civil societies.