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Jón Bjarki Magnússon (Iceland)

Jón Bjarki Magnússon is a filmmaker with background in anthropology, journalism and poetry. He studied creative writing at the University of Iceland and received his MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität, Berlin, in 2018. His works include award-winning journalism on the conditions of refugees and asylum-seekers in Iceland, a book of poetry, and a short film on friendship in cyberspace, Even Asteroids Are Not Alone (2018), which was awarded Royal Anthropological Institute´s (RAI) & Marsh Short Film Prize for ‘the most outstanding short film on social, cultural and biological anthropology or archaeology’ in 2019. Jón Bjarki´s journalistic work has appeared on various international media platforms such as Slate Magazine and the German investigative centre of Correctiv. He is a regular contributor to the Icelandic bi-weekly newspaper Stundin, and does project work for Filmmaking For Fieldwork (F4F™), an educational project offering training in audio-visual research methods, ethnographic and documentary filmmaking. He is the founder of SKAK BÍÓFILM, a small Icelandic production company dedicated to making anthropological and artistic films. Jón Bjarki shares his time between Athens, Berlin and Reykjavík.


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