Jewish and Arab Women in a Patriarchal World In this essay, I discuss anthropological perspectives on documentary films exploring the lives of women in the Middle East by elaborating on two films. These documentaries describe two different
Anthropological Perspectives on Two Documentary Films on Women in the Middle East
Transporting Viewers Beyond the “Hoe and the Machete” The Rhetoric of Mobility in Cuban Mobile Cinema
This article examines the Cuban mobile cinema campaign in the 1960s as a case study for thinking about the relationship between cinema and mobility. I examine the rhetoric around mobile cinema in Cuban journals such as Cine Cubano, and in the documentary film Por primera vez (For the first time, 1967). I argue that cinema is linked with mobility in two primary ways: as a virtual mobility stimulated by onscreen images, and as a more literal mobility expressed by the transportation of film into remote rural sites of exhibition. These two kinds of mobility reflect the hopes and ambitions of filmmakers and critics energized by the resurgent nationalism of the Cuban revolution, and the excitement of cinema as a “new” technology in rural Cuba.
Re-imagining the German East: Expulsion and Relocation in German Feature and Documentary Film
Film history marks the various transformations in the material and imaginative relations between Germans and Poles in the postwar era. This article explores how film—the primary contemporary vehicle for imaginative communities—has played an important role in envisioning various spatial relationships, as well as the political and cultural shifts in the general population of Germany, West and East, and Poland. The article surveys the representation of flight and expulsion from the East first in the fictional feature film and then in the documentary genre. It then turns to contemporary productions that offer new visions of contemporary German-Polish relationships. It considers different strategies of filmmaking, such as big budget historic event films, the melancholic frame of expellee videos, the contemporary interzonal film, among others.
BattagliaGiulia, . 2018. Documentary film in India: an anthropological history. London: Routledge. 216 pp. Pb.: £36.99. ISBN 9780367891565.
When the Son Is Older than the Father: Dominik Graf's 'Denk ich an Deutschland' Television Film
Dominik Graf's Wispern im Berg der Dinge (A Whispering in the Mountain of Things) was the second film televised in the twelve-part Denk ich an Deutschland-documentary series launched on the eve of Germany's eighth Day of Unity (October 1998). Though Graf does not refer directly to Heinrich Heine, he clearly takes Heine's mode of thinking about Germany seriously—that is, he resolutely focuses on ruptures, which characterize Heine and his writings, and on the tensions provoked by the interplay of opposites evident in Heine's poem Nachtgedanken (1843), the source of the Denk ich an Deutschland-phrase. In Graf's documentary, Heine's ruptures turn into ruptures between his father's excessively silent war generation and his own unanchored post 1968 generation. The tensions, on the other hand, are evoked by the filmic medium—in particular, between verbal and iconic images. Thinking about film when he thinks about Germany, Graf examines his deceased father's many roles in the West German films of the 1950s and 1960s—roles that had turned him into the representative of the damaged war generation. Faulting the purely verbal in a medium intended to give concrete, visual form to reality, Graf attempts to harness the powers of both verbal and iconic images in the service of identity formation, yet grants the edge to the iconic, as well as to the fictional rather than the factual.
The spectacle of multicultural art and the invisibility of politics: a review of the documentary film ‘L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio’ (by Agostino Ferrente, Italy 2006)
Women of the wetland
María del Socorro Aguilar Cucurachi and Rodrigo Zárate Moedano
In 2012 we navigated the Alvarado lagoon system wetland in Veracruz, México, making a documentary film. The system is in the coastal area of central Mexico, nestled in the lower basin of the Papaloapan River. The Ramsar Convention internationally
The Affective Modalities of Media and Technology
Andrew J. Ball
reality to generate empathy in users. In particular, she looks at the way animal advocacy organizations combine documentary film and virtual reality to communicate the embodied experience of living and dying in a factory farm to provoke feeling and
We Acted as Though We Were in a Movie: Memories of an East German Subculture
Leander Haußmann (Sonnenallee), a theater and film director with East German roots, contributed the documentary Die Durchmacher to the television series Denk ich an Deutschland. In his documentary, Haußmann interviews some of his old friends who in the late 1970s formed a group in East Berlin and presents their stories about the time. This paper explores the image of the German Democratic Republic that is created by the memories of the participants and their presentation through Haußmann. An important element of the memories is the perspective from which they come: out of a subculture that tried to escape East German reality with only limited success. This article also examines how the ambiguity and unreliability of memories are presented in the film. The documentary is put into the context of a debate on the concept of "Ostalgia" (Ostalgie), arguing that this can still be a productive means to communicate East German experiences without idealizing them.
The Story of Homo Resiliens in Film Documentaries on the Anthropocene
“Welcome to the Anthropocene” “Welcome to the Anthropocene” (AMk 01:14) announces one of the various documentary films that show growing attention to the new geochronological time unit, which shall supersede the Holocene as the official