Filming ethnicity in Southern Transylvania


  • Anne Schiltz University of Manchester



This paper is based on a summer of fieldwork in Southern Transylvania, Romania. I will reflect on my experiences of making an ethnographic film that explores ethnicity and identity of the Transylvanian Saxons. I will argue that ethnographic filmmaking requires a visual engagement with the research theme, and that the notions of work, belonging, and time/change are ways in which Saxon ethnic identity is embodied and reproduced aesthetically.

Author Biography

Anne Schiltz, University of Manchester

Anne Schiltz graduated in Social Anthropology from the University of Hull and trained as an ethnographic filmmaker at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. She lives in Luxembourg and works as a freelance filmmaker. She is currently working on a documentary film about the situation of women and children in post-war Eritrea. She can be contacted at chenapop(AT)