International Competition

Framing the Other

Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5  
26.02. / Tuesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1  
01.03. / Friday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
''Framing the Other'' is a documentary about a tourist whose comfortable ideas about taking photos of exotic tribal people in Ethiopia are shaken by her encounter with a Mursi woman.

The Mursi tribe lives in the basin of the Omo River in the south of the Eastern African state of Ethiopia. The women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings. Every year hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned natives; posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for the Mursi. To make more money, they embellish their ''costumes” and finery in such a manner that less of their original authentic culture remains. Framing the Other contrasts the views of Mursi women and those of Dutch tourists preparing for a meeting. This humorous and at the same time chilling film shows the destructive impact tourism has on traditional communities.


Ilja Kok

Ilja Kok works as a producer at I CAMERA YOU productions. She is also a lecturer and coordinator in tourism studies and has worked as a tour guide in various countries in the past. The encounters that arise from these tours have triggered her to deepen her knowledge on relationships within tourism. Framing the Other is her debut film.


Willem Timmers

Willem Timmers works as a director and editor at I CAMERA YOU productions. He also works as a freelance camera journalist and videographer and has been a tour guide in Ethiopia in the past. He organised trips for tour groups to amongst others, the Mursi people. Framing the Other is his debut film.

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Framing the Other

2011, 24' 41'', video

Directed by:
Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers

Screenplay by:
Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers

Yidnekachew Shumete

Edited by:
Tracy Pallant, Willem Timmers

Tewoldebirhan Girmay

Willem Timmers, Ilja Kok

Produced by:
I CAMERA YOU productions

Festivals & Awards:

Scenecs International Debut Film Festival Amersfoort 2012 – Audience Award; Bir Duino Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Bishkek 2012 – Best Director Award; Asterfest International Film Festival 2012 – Silver Horseshoe Award; Montenegro Film Festival 2012 – Grand Prix; Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2012 – NTR Special Mention for Best European Short Documentary; One World International Documentary Film Festival 2012; WOW Wales One World Film Festival 2012; Docville International Documentary Film Festival 2012; Planete+Doc Film Festival 2012