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Tropical Amsterdam

Tropical Amsterdam is a story about many things. Using the platform of the few remaining Dutch in Sri Lanka, a hangover from colonial times, Alexa Schulz tells a poignant tale of a community on the verge of extinction. Most of the “Burghers” were children during colonial times, and now, as adults, appear to struggle somewhat … Continue reading

America’s Native Prisoners of War: photographic documentary

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey.html Since becoming interested in the plight of Aboriginal Australians forced into reservations in a country they once owned, I have frequently drawn comparisons with the Native Americans in the US. Drawing ethnographic comparisons between nations, although their histories may have developed in different places and on different timescales, helps us see where we went … Continue reading

Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel/The Story of the Weeping Camel

A Bactrian camel mother gives birth to a rare white foal and refuses to bond with her baby. The camel farmers, who live in a yurt in the vast expanse of the Gobi desert, are at their wits’ end as to what to do. “The mother must see her son!” proclaims Odgoo, mother of three. … Continue reading

Our Generation: interview with Sinem Saban and Damien Curtis

Briefly: In November 2013 I wrote this post about Saban and Curtis’ moving documentary “Our Generation” which may well have been white Australians’ first encounter with indigenous rights and issues. I have just discovered this interview with the two: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/14/our-generation-saban-curtis-willis One of the most important points made by Saban in the interview is as follows: “Our … Continue reading

Inshore Fishing in Lau: the role of the narrator in ethnographic film

I began watching this film because I was interested in what one of Fiji’s main industries might be and how an underdeveloped nation produces sustenance. However, once I began watching, what surprised me was the narrator. Here the narrator is American, and although I have not been able to find out any information about the … Continue reading