Lecturers and mentors

ŠVA 2018

List of lecturers:

Slobodan Naumović, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at Belgrade University, Serbia;

Etami Borjan, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the PhD Course in Film Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia;

Ilina Jakimovska, Associate Professor at Institute for ethology and anthropology at Natural sciences Faculty in Skopje, Macedonia;

Camilo Pasquareli, photographer and anthropologist;

Valentino Bianchi, photographer;

Ivana Todorović, filmmaker;

Miomir Rajčević, film- and animation filmmaker

Marina Simić, Associate Professor of Cultural Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences.

John Thomas, research associate at the department of Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at the Free University Berlin.;

List of mentors:

Relja Pekić, visual anthropologist (MA of Ethnology and Anthropology at Belgrade University, Serbia);

Miklós Barna-Lipkovszki, filmmaker (MA of TV journalism and documentary film-making at University of film and theater in Budapest, Hungary);

Asia Dér, filmmaker (MA degree of philosophy; finished documentary directing in the DOCnomads Program, which is a joint master studies program of the Budapest, Lisbon and Brussels film-school);

Zoltán Kerekes, cinematographer (MA degree of cinematography at University of film and theater in Budapest, Hungary);

Valentino Bianchi, photographer;

Camillo Pasquareli, photographer and anthropologist;


Most of the lecturers will be available to you for advice throughout the ten days workshop.

Slobodan Naumović is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at Belgrade University, Serbia. He is a Senior Research Fellow of NEXUS Project. He received his MA in Social Anthropology from "Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales" (EHESS), Paris in 1992.

His research interests include the ethnography of Serbia, political anthropology, historical anthropology, visual anthropology, and internet culture. Among his publications are "Between the Archives and the Field. A Dialogue on Historical Anthropology of the Balkans." (co-edited with Miroslav Jovanović and Karl Kaser). "Zur Kunde Südosteuropas - Band II/24", Udruženje za društvenu istoriju - Posebna izdanja / Teorija I/1, 1999; "Opanken im Parlament. Betrachtungen über die Bedeutung baüerlicher Symbole." Historische Anthropologie, Jahrgang 7, Heft 1, 63-82, 1999; "Butchers of the Balkans: Myths and Misconceptions on the Break-up of Yugoslavia" (in Serbian), Nova srpska politička misao, Nova edicija, Vol. VI (1999), no. 1-2, 57-77; and "Identity Creator in Identity Crisis: Reflections on the Politics of Serbian Ethnology" Anthropological Journal on European Cultures, Volume 8, Number 2, 1999.

Etami Borjan is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the PhD Course in Film Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia where she teaches theory and history of Italian cinema. She did her MA in Film Studies at the University La Sapienza in Rome at the Department of Film and Theatre Studies. She’s a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities in Zagreb and is finishing her thesis on ethnographic documentary. She’s been granted several scholarships from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend the courses or to do research on Italian cinema at Università di Trento, Università per Stranieri di Siena, Università Cattolica di Milano, Università Bocconi di Milano and Università di Reggio Calabria.

From 2002 she’s cooperated with the Italian Federation of Film Societies in organizing the festivals of contemporary Italian cinema in Zagreb (Croatia) and in Belgrade (Serbia) as well as the Festival of the Balkan Cinema in Italy. From 2004 till 2007 she coordinated a project for the distribution of the cinemas from the Balkans in Europe financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Community. Since 2004 she’s been working as a researcher on the project of the Croatian Ministry of Education “Cultural Relations between Croatia and Italy”.

Fields of interest: ethnographic documentary, Italian cinema, music and trance in cinema, nation and identity in cinema etc.

Ilina Jakimovska PhD (1971), is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, University St. Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, Macedonia. Her research interests include the relation between visual representation and ideology; the connection between literature and ethnographic writing, as well as the use of folklore for political goals.

She is an author of two books, "The Barn of the Soul: Ethical Aspects of Proverbs" (2004), and "The Body: Ethno-Anthropological Study" (2009). Has translated a number of important anthropological works from English into Macedonian, such as: "Visual Methods in Social Research" by Marcus Banks,

"Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey Through Vanishing Cultures" by Wade Davis, and "Anthropologist as an Author" by Clifford Geertz.

Worked as an anthropology consultant on Oscar-nominated director Milcho Manchevski's movies “Dust” and “Mothers”. Writes a popular blog on culture, anthropology and arts Bookbox (www.off.net.mk/bookbox). Hobbies include photography, archery and tea.

Marina Simić obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is currently Associate Professor of Cultural Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences.

She published articles about postsocialist transformation in Europe and everyday life, consumption, popular culture and, museum studies and visual culture. She also publishes poetry and writes librettos for contemporary operas that were played in Belgium, Indonesia and Serbia. Her book, Cosmopolitan Longing: Ethnography of Serbian Postsocialism has been awarded by Ethnographic Institute of Serbian Academy of Art and Sciences as the best anthropological book in Serbian language in 2014 and 2015.

Thomas John is a research associate at the department of Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at the Free University Berlin.

At the moment he is finalizing his PhD thesis on affective and emotional negotiations within a local South Mexican indigenous audio-visual documentary art scene.

He is a trained filmmaker and visual anthropologist, too, and teaches since 2013 practical and theoretical audio-visual anthropology classes at the WWU Münster, where he is involved at the Institute of Ethnology and the MA Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices. https://weiterbildung.uni-muenster.de/anthropology

He is interested especially in exploring the filed of intersection between documentary arts and visual anthropology, artistic research practices, and experimental modes of the representation of human experience.

Camillo Pasquarelli was born in Rome in 1988. Only after completing his studies in political science and anthropology he decided to devote himself entirely to photography. Nowadays, is mostly interested in personal and long-term projects and deals with documentary photography trough the combination of the anthropological approach and the photographic medium.

In 2017 he received one the Alexia Foundation Student Grant to keep working on his long-term project about the conflict and the political struggle in the valley of Kashmir where he started to work in 2015 during an anthropological research.

His works have been published in Der Spiegel, Mashable, Il Reportage, Gazeta Wyborcza, Il Manifesto, Left, The Post Internazionale, East. He was part of exhibition in Moscow, Tbilisi, Bologna, Hyderabad.

AWARDS: Alexia Foundation Award of Excellence Student Grant 2017; 1st Place - "Conflict" category - MIFA 2017; 2nd Place - "Editorial" category - MIFA 2017; Silver Medal - "General News" category - PX3 2017; Winner of the contest "Closer: dentro il reportage" 2017.


Ivana Todorović is a filmmaker from and currently based in Belgrade. Her work tackles complex issues that deal with the cycles of abuse and recovery. Her intimate and emotional films deal with such issues as gender and sexuality, homelessness, the education of Roma children in squatter settlements around Belgrade and youth gun violence in New York City. They have been shown at film festivals worldwide, including at the Berlinale Shorts, IFF Rotterdam, the Traverse City Film Festival, Palm Springs Shorts etc. and won awards in Serbia, Kosovo, Italy, Canada, Greece, UK and the US. Films have appeared at venues such as the Anthology Film Archive, the Cultura Contemporiana Barcelona and on the New York Times homepage as part of the made with Kickstarter series.

Ivana works as lecturer and her lectures have been included as part of the TEDxAUK program in Pristina. When not making films or lecturing, Ivana teaches and conducts film workshops for aspiring documentarians.

At the moment, Ivana is finishing two documentary films and working on a fiction script in Belgrade.

Ivana is a graduate of the Documentary Media Studies program at the New School in NYC, holds a BA in Ethnology and Anthropology from University of Belgrade and has trained with the Paris-based Alteliers Varan. She was participant of the New York Foundation for the Arts Imigrant Artist project 2010. In 2015, she was selected artist for Saary Residence in Finland.

Miomir Rajčević has more than 40 years’ experience as director, scriptwriter and cinematographer in filming and producing 16mm and 35mm films for TV in several hundred projects covering documentaries, educational, theatrical, art and news reports, short and animated films, digital and multimedia professional and educational productions. Author of TV serial about young people, PORTRAITS and TV serial TRIPTYCH about young people with special needs.

Organized-participated in many media and information literacy workshops in Serbia, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia and USA with focus on media, film, animation and multimedia like strong artistic tool for social changing, promoting diversity and interculturality… Always very much involved in work with children and young people (young directors, presenters and actors) and specially producing for young people in many serials, Miomir Rajčević starts developing animation like great tool for media literacy and media education during the AGORA Audio Video Forum for Youth in Thessaloniki, Greece 1997. With experience he has from different International Media Workshops, in collaboration with many School of Animation, he implemented numbers of animation workshops in Serbia and around the Globe: from the World Summit on Media for Children 2001 in Thessaloniki, Greece via many World Summit’s on Media for Youth 2006-2017 and different International, Balkan’s and National Media Workshops in Serbia. New Sailing Media and Animation Classroom is Danube Peace Boat E.U.R.O.P.E. with Danube Waves Media, Design and Art Academy where Digital, Information and Media Literacy is main tool for understanding and use Media Language and to create Messages understandable for everybody.

Miomir Rajčević is at the moment President of the Media Education Centre (MEC), Executive Director of the World Summit on Media for Youth, Head of Media and Eco Laboratory; General Manager of the Balkan PLUS International Festival; Chairman of the Serbian “Unity in Diversity World Civil Society”, Project Manager of the Danube Peace Boat 2015-2020 Project, member of the UNESCO-GAPMIL Steering Committee, representative of the MEC in European Association for Viewers Interest, member of the Artistic Council of the Series Balkans Pilot Projects.


Some of the mentors will also hold lectures, but their main job is to accompany you on the movie journey and help you master all the necessary technical details.

Relja Pekić is a master of ethnology and anthropology, a documentary and visual anthropologist from Belgrade, and his interest in the field of scientific research is mostly focused on visual anthropology, anthropology of sport, anthropology of tourism, applied anthropology and sensory ethnography.

He is a director of the Center for Visual Anthropology - VAC from Belgrade and editor of the magazine for interdisciplinary audiovisual research, visual anthropology and ethnographic film - "Vizantrop". He is the author of several short ethnographic films that were screened at ethnographic festivals in Ljubljana, Zadar, Prague, Belgrade, Prizren, Moscow and Skopje, and for the film "Crossroads of Culture" (2013) he received the audience award for the best student film at SEF festival in Croatia. He is a founder of the "Visual Anthropology School" workshop from Belgrade and participated as a lecturer at many seminars and conferences in the Balkans.

Miklós Barna Lipkovszki, about himself:

"There has never been so much people and so much information in the world as there is today.

In a sea of data the most valuable of documents might just sink as anything else. As a visual storyteller I try to recount these stories. I consider a journalist's key responsibility to fight against disinformation. I like to think of video and photography as weapons in this struggle. Finding new ways to use motion picture in the world of digital media is my mission

I’m a documentarist: I write, take still or moving pictures. I work in theater – I take photos or act in indie performances. I translate, communicate, write and create projects, work as a fixer, manage databases as long as it’s challenging, interesting, enticing and it serves a purpose.

I am known for my communication skills, sense for aestethics, knowledge of history and politics. I have a large international network of friends and colleagues including fellow journalists and artists but all kinds of people who motivate and help me in my professional and private life.

Since the completion of my studies I have been actively working as a freelancer on many fields – I have often combined the visual and the written work. I have worked in Hungary, Germany and all over the Balkans, chiefly Serbia and Bosnia.

I have been working as a theater and art photographer as well – my area of focus is the independent scene in Serbia and Hungary."

Asia Der was born in Bratislava but since than is living in Budapest. She graduated from esthetics and media studies. Asia is working as a free lancer videomaker and documentarist.

At the moment she is taking part at DOCnomads Erasmus Mundus Masterclass on documentary film direction.

She likes hitchhiking, her bike and old lenses.

She shot multiple short films: "Rage against the regime" (short documentary, 17 min, 2005), "Teleapathy" (short fiction, 13 min, 2008 - prize for the best original script at the Faludi Academy in 2009), "Violin" (fiction-documentary, 6 min, 2011), "It is all umbrellas" (documentary, 15 mins, 2013); she also shot one long documentary: "Private Mészöly" (with Péter Gerőcs) (documentary, 80 min, 2011.).

Valentino Bianchi was born in 1988 in Rome, Italy, where he currently lives after several years abroad, (England, Spain, Kuwait). He is a reportage and portrait photographer specialized in the analog and film photography. While he began taking photographs several years ago, he only started taking the medium of photography seriously when he discovered the hands-on nature of black-and-white film and what are now referred to as 'traditional' printing methods. For him, nothing else can do this.

“Film photography allows me to consider my work over time as part of a creative process. I thoroughly enjoy develop and printing my own negatives.“

He is currently working on two long term reportage and he documents the everyday life of the people that lives the city of Rome, especially for the Rione Trastevere, working for the local newspapers.