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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2007

ANT 310L • Cross-Cultural Cinema

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29817 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
ART 1.120

Course Description

This course aims to offer students a better understanding of the issues with cross-cultural representation as they pertain to film and video. The course will explore the history and theory of ethnographic film within the disciplines of anthropology and film studies. Readings and screenings will help probe questions like: What is at stake by using visual media to depict anthropological issues, such as race and gender relations, collective memory, human diversity, cultural authenticity, and western fascination with the "exotic"? How does anthropological cinema challenge the dichotomies of art/science, word/image, and fact/fiction? What is the relationship between the audience, the filmmaker, and the ethnographic subject? The latter part of the course will bring these issues to bear on indigenous and nonwestern cinemas and explore how these filmmakers offer unique perspectives on the socio-cultural aspects of everyday living. How does this body or work challenge anthropology's presumptions about documenting other ways of life? What do native perspectives provide that has eluded anthropologists? With these issues in mind, visual anthropology will be assessed as a model for creating collaborative film and video? The last section will explore methodologies for students to visually engage anthropological research.

Grading Policy

Participation (10 points): Reaction Papers (20 points): Film & Video Reviews (30 points): Final Proposal (20 points): Visual Presentation (20 points):


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