Prof. Dr. Roger Horn

Professor Campus Berlin


M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology



Prof. Dr. Roger Horn is a filmmaker and visual anthropologist who utilizes Super 8mm, found home movies, digital, and YouTube videos in his ethnographic and experimental video works. Roger holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town where his thesis, Memories, material culture, and methodology: Employing multiple filmic formats, forms, and informal archives in anthropological research among Zimbabwean migrant women was accompanied by several films. Additionally, he has lectured in visual anthropology, documentary production, film studies, and cinematography drawing upon his 20+ years of production experience and research across multiple disciplines for inspiration.

Influenced by methodology and theory from visual anthropology, documentary, and experimental film traditions his unconventional ethnographic and experimental films have screened at multiple high-profile film festivals including the 65th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and multiple screenings at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. In additional to his focus on intracontinental African migration, Roger has spent over a decade researching and filming among transgender vineyard workers in the wine lands outside of Cape Town, South Africa culminating in multiple films. The first of these films, The Sisterhood (2010), was short-listed for the Basil Wright Prize at the 13th Royal Anthropological Institute International Festival of Ethnographic Film in 2013.