Sample ethnographic films
Ethnomusicological ethnographic films
Film representing music representing people...
Thinking about film
How would you evaluate the following films? Consider evaluative criteria (axiology):
Critique: Power of representation.
- Who creates a film? What roles go into its making?
- Whose voice(s) do we see/hear?
- What other forces may be shaping the final product?
- What is the role of the (self-declared) filmmaker?
- What do you imagine are the relations of film to fieldworker to fieldwork?
How would you classify these films, considering:
- ethnographic "truth"
- politics of representation
- Kind of ethnography
- Role of ethnography in making of the film
- Reflexivity (positioning of filmmakers within the film)
- Cinematographic style
- Editing style
- Position of music
Films and clips
(some of the following are clips, others are full films. For full films you may watch only a few minutes to get the feel... For clips, you may like to watch other segments from the same film...).
The Drums of Dagbon. Compare to fife and drum music in the above...
Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden. Jewish music for everyone. But it's a revival...who's the ethnomusicologist?
Shozan Tanabe: The Sound of Silence. A very different concept of silence...or is it?
Some online sources of ethnomusicological film (ethnographic or documentary)
see CCE listing.