In the Wilderness of a Troubled Genre # 123

In the Wilderness of a Troubled Genre

14:00, Sunday 16th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: John Melville Bishop
  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Duration: 54 mins
  • Country of Production: USA
  • Location: Ethnographic Film Festivals and Anthropology Meetings around Europe and the US
  • Ethnic Group: European and American

In The Wilderness of a Troubled Genre explores the ethos, techniques, ethics and challenges of anthropological film over the past fifty years.  Based on video interviews with some of the greats (Robert Gardner, John Marshall, David McDougall, Ricky Leacock, and others) as well as young filmmakers and anthropologists, the film is an illustrated conversation about the genre and its unique position within the world of documentary film.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

UDDA NMS SSGS ED Unversity of Aberdeen StAndrews WILEY