How do those who are displaced experience belonging without having a fixed place to call home? And how does the space we live in influence our sense of home? Paradijsvogels explores belonging in relation to (Dutch) Caribbean migration by focusing on the rhythms of everyday life in a temporary co-housing community in Rotterdam. While waiting for a permanent home, the inhabitants find themselves in limbo; a state where home is made out of memories of the past and dreams for the future. Focusing on everyday encounters between the residents and their movements in this confined space in which time seems to stand still this film captures how home is experienced as more than just a physical place.
The biggest thing I have learned this year is how to listen in order to really understand. In other words, Visual Ethnography introduced me to the different aspects of the ‘art of noticing’. Learning these skills have helped me to engage with reflexive research while keeping aware of my own authenticity and identity as both a researcher and filmmaker.
Having a background in Media studies I hoped this master would help me gain a deeper understanding of the social aspects within the process of ‘making media’. Having finalized this master I can honestly say that it was not the just visual part of the program that interested me most but it really is the combination between anthropological theory, methods and visual approach that has stolen my heart.