Anthropology and Film

In this course we will experience and explore how and why the discipline of anthropology has used film as part of its mission. The experiential part of the course will incorporate the extensive viewing of a wide range of anthropological films as well as feature films that “play” on or distort principles of anthropology.

The premise of the course is: We will learn about film in anthropology by viewing and discussing films that reflect various anthropological principles and agendas as well as films that claim to be anthropological. Thinking about anthropological film will require talking and writing about the subject. Thus, participants in the course will be expected to participate fully in discussions about the films that are viewed in class and outside of class. Your study guides will help you prepare for the discussions.