The famous Norwegian anthropologist Fredrik Barth, who died aged 87 on 24 January 2016, has been one of the most important representatives of his discipline worldwide.


His reputation both as a fieldworker and a theoretician of anthropology has been renowned for more than six decades.

Barth carried out fieldwork in the Sudan, in Iran, Oman, Pakistan, New Guinea, Bali and Bhutan.

In this film, directed by Werner Sperschneider, Barth talks, at times together with his wife Unni Wikan, to British anthropologist Peter Loizos and also to Lone Abenth-Sperschneider about his personal life and academic career, the importance of his fieldwork for his theoretical findings, the development of Norwegian anthropology, his cooperation with Unni Wikan and many other topics of lasting interest for anthropologists. Impressions from teaching students in Bergen and lecturing at the Museum of Ethnography in Oslo, as well as glimpses of his personal environment in Oslo round off the film to a vivid portrait of a truly remarkable anthropologist.

A project by Werner Speerschneider and Dr. med. Rolf Husmann - Realization: TusitalaMovies