Abstract: This documentary is an introduction to the life and work of the anthropologist Josep Ramon Llobera,1939–2010. Llobera, who was of Catalan origin, spent most of his academic life in London, at University College London and Goldsmiths College, living in his beloved Bloomsbury. A prolific author and editor, Llobera is best known as a scholar of European nationalism and of the history of social sciences. Through the testimony of those who knew him, such as friends, family and colleagues, excerpts from his writings and rich archive material The Man Who Loved Books uncovers different facets of the life of JR Llobera. It invites us to reflect on the profession of the anthropologist and on the meaning and function of anthropology as a scientific discipline. Above all, it is about friendship and a tremendous love of books.
This is a rare film about anthropology and about the life of anthropologists. Relevant contemporary scholars, mainly from the UK and Catalonia, discuss Durkheim, Marx, Mauss, postmodernism and nationalism through the ideas of Josep Ramon Llobera. Moreover, The Man Who Loved Books constitutes a unique portrait of Academia in the UK and Spain between 1970 and 2010.
Touching, sensitive and intellectually rigorous, this is a film about how anthropologists live and their passion for knowledge, people and life in society.
Production: Ann Mac Larnon & Jordi Orobitg Produccions