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Casablanca Calling & issues of cultural and religious access

Casablanca Calling was shown as part of the DOK Leipzig festival on Tuesday afternoon. I acted as moderator at the screening and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to Hilary, the producer, about some of the issues she encountered when making the film. Access is something that many documentary film-makers struggle with, … Continue reading

Dunkles, Rätselhaftes Österreich/Dark, Mysterious Austria

“As soon as Europeans write their theory, they begin to believe in it” This film is hilarious and worth watching simply as a parody of old-style ethnographic film. At its heart, however, is an important message about narcissism, ethnocentrism, imperialism and cultural superiority. Watching this film is a voyeuristic experience in that through our ridicule … Continue reading

Tisese: Three Mosuo Women

The Mosuo (摩梭) are often cited as being the only remaining matrilineal society in the world. Based mainly around Lake Lugu in Yunnan province, China, with others in Sichuan and Tibet, they are a group whose family lineage is based mostly on its female members. For example, after marriage, a man traditionally moves to be close … Continue reading