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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21A.337J (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Documenting Culture 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate / Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Anthropology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Christine Walley 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21A.337J / CMS.917J Documenting Culture



    Spring 2004




    Course Highlights


    This course includes a complete bibliography and all assignments.


    Course Description


    How — and why — do people seek to capture everyday life on film? What can we learn from such films? This course challenges distinctions commonly made between documentary and ethnographic films to consider how human cultural life is portrayed in both. It considers the interests, which motivate such filmmakers ranging from curiosity about "exotic" people to a concern with capturing "real life" to a desire for advocacy. Students will view documentaries about people both in the U.S. and abroad and will consider such issues as the relationship between film images and "reality," the tensions between art and observation, and the ethical relationship between filmmakers and those they film.

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

     

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