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Experimental Ethnography

Experimental Ethnography Notes (rus) by Ina Hladyshava

This video is an attempt to explore the principles of visual anthropology on the case of early Jean Rouch films. Jean Rouch was an outstanding figure in French experimental and documentary cinematography of the 1960’s, who played an essential role in “cinéma vérité” direction formation. Instead of turning to his classical “Chronicle of a Summer” (1961), it seemed interesting to see the specific features of his early movies he filmed as an ethnographer. Considering the existing discourse of visual anthropology and ethnographic film differences, it was important to see what the aesthetics Rouch started with was like, and which factors and preferences in the end led him to “cinema-verite”.

Voice, Text, Animation - Ina Hladyshava

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