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Production year: 
August, 2010
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Kurt Hoerbst
Born in Austria in 1972.
Having been originally educated in
telecommunications, he then turned to photography
beginning his studies in Prague in 1992.
Kurt founded a school of photography in Austria in
1996 and now teaches history of photography,
journalism and he gives lectures at the
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.
Publisher of three books and
multiple prize winner in this field.
Kurt‘s work has enjoyed numerous exhibitions
both home and abroad.
Over the last years, multimedia/film projects
have been a focal point of his activities.

Alexandra Grill

born 1974 in Austria
living in Rome, Graz, Roßleithen, Vienna
study of pedagogic and philosophy, then teaching nine years

study of artistic photography at the private college
“Prager Fotoschule Österreich” from 2003 to 2006

single exhibition “über a frau” (about a woman)
Windischgarsten, Kirchdorf and Vienna (Month of Photography 2008 Austria),
Vilnius (Lithuania) at Vilnius Photo Circle 2008

group exhibition “Identity”
Kefermarkt (A) and Prague (Czech Republic)

different photographical works on people, surroundings
and reportages (Afghanistan, Bangladesh…)

… lecture for “theoretical aspects of photography” and “reportage – photography” at the PFSÖ (Prager Fotoschule Österreich)

Film director: 
Kurt Hoerbst / Alexandra Grill
Kurt Hoerbst / Alexandra Grill
Film photographer: 
Kurt Hoerbst / Alexandra Grill
Julian Rubisch & Barbara Neunteufel
Film synopsis: 
When wandering through rural Bangladesh with a camera in your hand the sentence „Bideshi…chobi, chobi…! – Stranger! Take a photo of me!” will soon be heard all around. An unbelievably delighted eagerness to be photographed is definitely there. When Kurt Hoerbst met and fell for the village Rudrapur and its dwellers in 2005 the idea for the project BIDESHI Photostudio was founded. People in Rudrapur live simple, agriculture and craftsmanship dominate everyday life. Family itself as the highest rated value in society, is nevertheless rarely preserved in a photograph as it would be in more western parts of the world… Technology and the arts simply are too far away or not affordable- up until… The project BIDESHI Photostudio, which started off in December 2008 after intense preparations and diligent planning by Austrian Kurt Hoerbst, first and foremost provided a welcome opportunity to earn money for the men of Rudrapur. The experienced bamboo and clay specialists constructed a simple but impressive building within a month’s work – by hand! The hut and the entire project were organised in cooperation with Dipshikha, a well-established organisation in Rudrapur. As a close neighbour to the Meti-School, which is well-renowned through various prizes in architecture, the daylight studio offered locals to be photographed professionally from the beginning of February 2009. A glass roof and light Sari-fabrics on the side walls created a soft ambience in combination with the clay ground and back wall. While project assistant Alexandra Grill took digital photos of the families, Kurt Hoerbst photographed the villagers analogue in a large format system. Single portraits in front of the even clay background of course had to be taken as well! The digital data was edited, printed and laminated the same and passed on to the curious models the next day. Surprised by their image (and often amused) they usually welcomed their photographs with great fascination.
Budget Range: 
Under $10 000
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Dolby SR
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Festival "Der Neue Heimatfilm" Freistadt / Austria

Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
Kurt Hoerbst
Apfoltern 4 4261 Rainbach Austria
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