Museum of the University of Bergen, Norway
dr. Frode Storaas – is a professor in visual anthropology at the University Museum of Bergen, Norway. As a filmmaker he has been involved in projects in Eastern and Southern Africa, in the Middle East, in Mexico and USA, in China and Nepal, on the Balkans and Greece and in Norway. Among his work are the award winning films Our Courtyard – Bai People of Southwestern China (59 min. 2006, made together with He Yuan Wang, Making Rain (57 min. 2007, made together with Liivo Niglas) on the Shona people of Mozambique and Fish On! (60 min. 2008 made together with Liivo Niglas and Diane Perlov), a film on Native Americans of Northern California. His latest films are The Go-Between, Afar of Ethiopia (38 min. 2014, together with Rolf Scott and Getachew Kassa) and Tama Gaun – the Copper Village (90 min. 2015, together with Dipesh Kharel) a film from Western Nepal. A theme conveyed in most of these projects relates to cultural heritage and how cultural traditions and ideas influence everyday life of people.
Nordic Anthropological Film Association, Norway
Ralph Veraart – is born and raised in the Netherlands. He studied Rural Sociology and International Development Studies at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He founded three consultancy firms: in Hungary, Romania and Norway. He has over ten years of experience in project development and implementation in Romania. Later he studied Visual Cultural Studies at The University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway. His graduation film Hay Days has been screened at several film festival throughout Europe. He is assistant general secretary of the Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) and as such he takes care of NAFA’s website: nafa.uib.no
Orsolya Veraart – is Hungarian, born and raised in Transylvania, Romania. She is married to Ralph Veraart, fellow visual anthropologist. Currently they have their residence in Norway. Orsolya studied ethnography and English at The Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Later, she studied Visual Cultural Studies at The University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway. Her graduation film, Man of Nature and Me (2013) has been screened at several film festivals throughout Europe. She has been member of the film selection committee of The Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) Film Festival since 2013 and is NAFA`s treasurer. In the summer of 2015 she was teaching at the Summer School of Days of Ethnographic Film (DEF) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She provides lectures in visual anthropology at workshops and summer schools.