Christien van de Pavert
The short film ‘Connecting by Disconnecting’ gives a glimpse into the daily lives of the Dutch off-gridders Alowieke and Liesbeth. Their houses are not connected to the grid which means they have to provide for their own electricity and water. On the one hand, being off-grid allows them to live more independent lifestyles. On the other hand, it makes them more aware of their connection to their local environments. From January to March, the filmmaker visited Alowieke and Liesbeth regularly and explored their quest for environmental sustainability by off-grid living through an observational film style.
Christien van de Pavert is a 25-year-old visual anthropologist living in Leiden. During the bachelor of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, she found joy in combining academic research with the creative aspect of visual methods. She decided to further develop these interests during the master’s program. The biggest thing she had to learn this year is to trust the process.