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Itu Ninu

Jansen, Ita



72-minute drama film in English and Mixtec (an endangered Indigenous language from Mexico). This is a practice-based research output exploring the concept of "Second-Hand" Cinema, as conceptualized by Nadia Bozak in her book The Cinematic Footprint - lights, camera, natural resources (2012). The film was made with approaches commonly found in Indigenous Cinema, such as utilizing natural light, filming in existing locations, employing a minimal crew with reduced equipment, and opting for walking as a mode of transportation. The production of Itu Ninu tracked its carbon footprint through the ALBERT carbon calculator tools. WE ARE ALBERT in the UK connected provides film productions with support and tools to reduce their carbon footprint. The final carbon footprint of Itu Ninu was less than one tonne of CO2, which is exceptionally low, even for an independent film. The film Itu Ninu thus provides an exploration of possible degrowth in the context of film production and brings together scholarly ideas and film practice.

Short synopsis
In a highly controlled smart city in the year 2084 two climate migrants try to connect by writing old-fashioned letters to each other.

Digital Artefact Type Video
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Aug 21, 2023
Keywords Film Practice, Indigenous Cinema, Indigenous Languages, Secondhand Cinema, Sustainable Materials, Drama,
Additional Information 72 minute drama film
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Screened at Film Festival In Our Own Words (2. Festiwal Filmowy Własnymi Słowami) organised by the University of Warsaw.

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