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India’s Daughter: The Interview

I’d like to use the controversial recent documentary India’s Daughter to discuss the documentary film interview. The film relates the story and fallout surrounding the gang-rape and subsequent death of Jyoti Singh, who was attacked on a bus while returning home from the cinema with a male friend in south Delhi. The incident provoked outrage … Continue reading

Unreliable narrative in documentary film

A few short thoughts: From Monastery to Catwalk: The Miss Tibet Beauty Pageant is a short documentary raising many important issues surrounding Tibetan politics as well as women in Tibet. For all its positives, however, it does nothing to sell Tibetan culture as one that behaves fairly towards women, mostly due to the main character … Continue reading

William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives: in search of a narrative voice

I read William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns¬†last year and, although I was impressed with the wonderful insight it gave into life in such a vibrant country, I found his style self-centred and, perhaps because it is of its time, voyeuristic. Thus I was hesitant to read another one of his books, but found myself picking … Continue reading

How voyeuristic is visual anthropology? (Chenchus)

Anthropology as a field of study has only materialised within the last century. Studying visual and material cultures from around the world teaches different countries about each other. Within the field of ethnography, however, there has been a historical tendency for westerners to make ethnographic film which, rather than simply observing and discussing other cultures, … Continue reading

Ub Lama

Galaa is a troublesome twelve-year-old boy who lives in a yurt in Mongolia’s largest yurt district in Ulaanbataar. His father has been dead for several years, and his mother earns money by selling cigarettes to passing tradesmen at Narantuul Market. He has a very sweet and earnest little brother, who he takes care of despite … Continue reading