Anthropology Documentary Film


University at Albany

  • Semester
    Summer 2024
  • Instructor
    Jennifer L Burrell
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Anthropology, the comparative study of human beings, is typically associated in the Public eye with the following themes: (so-called) exotic cultures, travel to remote places and cultural immersion (participant observation), a comparative, culturally-relative understanding of human differences, 4) colliding cultural worlds of today, yesterday and tomorrow (cultural contact, culture change, and their consequences), 5) critiques and improvements of ethnoscientific biases in studying the Other, and 6) directing a trained eye to the analysis of western industrialized cultures and their peers. We will explore these themes via the medium of film, under the General rubric of Visual Anthropology, focusing on such topics as Historically important films, the politics of representation (in fiction or nonfiction), and the evolution of anthropology as a discipline. In tandem with these themes, we will explore regional cultures and their traditions related to warfare, General identity, religion, family structure. Case studies featuring films about human rights, culture change, fictional anthropologists, and Native-authored films are also part of the course.
General Education Area(s): Other World Civilizations
Course Area: Anthropology
Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
Dates: 05-20-2024 - 06-14-2024
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Instructor: Jennifer L Burrell
Local Course ID: 24SU_ALB_AANT476_0001
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