For this assignment, you will review one ethnographic film/video, chosen from the Kanopy Streaming Video collection, available through the Armacost Library. (That collection has a poorly designed search system, so I shall give you some tricks that will give you a large number of choices.)
Based on this film:
- You will make a 6-minute-and-40-second oral illustrated PechaKucha presentation to the class.
- You will also submit a written review of 5-6 pages (1250-1500 words).
In these reviews and presentations, you should:
- Summarize the film/video, so that we know its topic and its general approach.
- Identify the author and describe her or his apparent intention in making the piece.
- Characterize the author’s visual approach, showing how it does or does not support this apparent intention.
- Identify the story that the author is telling.
- Consider alternative approaches that the author might have used, both visual and narrative.
- Describe any cultural assumptions and/or messages that you can identify in the work.
- Determine whether the author is aware of these assumptions and, if so, how s/he has dealt with them.
- Identify any reflexive elements you find in the piece. Describe how these shape the overall impact the film / video produces.
Be sure to reserve your film by submitting this form on or before the date listed on the Course Schedule.