Researching marriage, filming Family Time [University of Edinburgh] (2021)

  • Talk
  • 60min

The film Family Time follows the daily life of a family with three children in a middle-class suburb of Athens over one year as recorded by the father of the family (and co-creator of the film) and through interviews and discussions with friends of the family. It was made as part of an ERC-funded programme of research based in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, A Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage (AGATM, PI, Janet Carsten). The research has consisted of five projects on marriage: in Greece, Taiwan, Botswana, the US, and Malaysia. In this round table discussion with members of the AGATM team and with the filmmakers, we will introduce our research, discuss the challenges of filming and researching family life, and answer questions from the audience.

Film synopsis:

Family Time, a film by Dimitris Glystras, Silas Michalakas and Eirini Papadaki, 43 mins. What changes in people’s lives when they get married and have children? How do they reflect on their past lives and how do they value their present ones? The film follows the daily life of a family with three children in a middle-class suburb of Athens. Through snapshots of family life as recorded by the father of the family (and co-creator of the film) over a period of one year, but also through interviews and discussions with friends of the family, the film tries to convey both the poetics of everyday life and the feelings and reflections of the spouses on their relationships and futures.

Participants: Dimitris Glystras, Silas Michalakas, Eirini Papadaki, Janet Carsten and Siobhan Magee

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