Transcultural Cinema

Transcultural Cinema

David MacDougall


David MacDougall is a pivotal determine within the improvement of ethnographic cinema and visible anthropology. As a filmmaker, he has directed in Africa, Australia, India, and Europe. His prize-winning movies (many made together along with his spouse, Judith MacDougall) comprise The marriage ceremony Camels, Lorang's Way, To stay with Herds, A spouse between Wives, Takeover, Photo Wallahs, and Tempus de Baristas. As a theorist, he articulates crucial matters within the relation of movie to anthropology, and is among the few documentary filmmakers who writes generally on those matters. The essays accumulated right here tackle, for example, the variation among motion pictures and written texts and among the location of the filmmaker and that of the anthropological writer.

In truth, those works supply an outline of the heritage of visible anthropology, in addition to commentaries on particular matters, equivalent to point-of-view and subjectivity, reflexivity, using subtitles, and the function of the cinema topic. Refreshingly freed from jargon, every bit belongs greatly to the culture of the essay in its own engagement with exploring tough concerns. the writer eventually disputes the view that ethnographic filmmaking is simply a visible kind of anthropology, protecting as a substitute that it's a radical anthropological perform, which demanding situations a number of the simple assumptions of the self-discipline of anthropology itself. even supposing influential between filmmakers and critics, a few of these essays have been released in small journals and feature been earlier tough to discover. the 3 longest items, together with the name essay, are new.

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