Film recommendations

  • Film recommendations

    Posted by Alejandra Melian-Morse on August 23, 2022 at 10:29 am

    To get the ball rolling on this one I’ll post my favourite ever ethnographic film: Sweetgrass directed by Lucien Castaing Taylor and Ilisa Barbash. The ways in which they technically balance the human and nonhuman presence on screen and in the audio is such an interesting way to think about the way we can represent different beings in a more balanced way on screen.

    Alejandra Melian-Morse replied 9 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Michael Degani

    August 23, 2022 at 11:14 am

    that’s lovely, haven’t seen it but it looks great. I will recommend not quite an ethnographic film but maybe like an ethnographic music video? I have always loved this song and video and consider it my own private mission statement for the anthropological sensibility I’d like to cultivate, at least in its joyful and affirming mode (rather than it’s hardcore critical mode)–an attentive appreciation and even wonder at the small gesture, at all the different ways the body can configure itself. The artists are relentless sound and image archivists but they stitch everything together with so much intelligence and humor. But it’s ultimately really moving. Plus, catch a small multispecies wink when the song really starts flowering.

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    • Alejandra Melian-Morse

      August 24, 2022 at 6:39 am

      I love how joyful this is! Also reminds me how often as anthropologists we think back on the tiniest moments over and over again until we can hopefully see the meaning in them