Roger Sandall's Films and Contemporary Anthropology

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In Roger Sandall's Films and Contemporary Anthropology, Lorraine Mortimer argues that while social anthropology and documentary film share historic roots and goals, particularly on the continent of Australia, their trajectories have tended to remain separate. This book reunites film and anthropology through the works of Roger Sandall, a New Zealand–born filmmaker and Columbia University graduate, who was part of the vibrant avant-garde and social documentary film culture in New York in the 1960s. Mentored by Margaret Mead in anthropology and Cecile Starr in fine arts, Sandall was eventually hired as the one-man film unit at the newly formed Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in 1965. In the 1970s, he became a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Sydney. Sandall won First Prize for Documentary at the Venice Film Festival in 1968, yet his films are scarcely known, even in Australia now. Mortimer demonstrates how Sandall's films continue to be relevant to contemporary discussions in the fields of anthropology and documentary studies. She ties exploration of the making and restriction of Sandall's aboriginal films and his nonrestricted films made in Mexico, Australia, and India to the radical history of anthropology and the resurgence today of an expanded, existential-phenomenological anthropology that encompasses the vital connections between humans, animals, things, and our environment.


Acknowledgments


Introduction


1. Trusting the Material: Maíz (1962)


2. Environments Fit for the Spirit: The Flahertys, Sandall, and some Anarchist Anthropology


3. They Were Still Participants: The Ritual Films (1966-1976)


4. The Colors of the Infinite: Camels and the Pitjantjara (1969)


5. "What You Thinkin' About, Little Horse?": Coniston Muster: Scenes from a Stockman's Life (1972)


6. Harmony and Fire: Making a Bark Canoe (1969) and Ngatjakula: A Walbiri Fire Ceremony (1967 and 1977)


7. More Optional and More Fragile: Weddings (1976)


8. In the Floating Desert with Jayasinhji Jhala Part 1: The Tragada Bhavai: A Rural Theater Troupe of Gujarat (1981), A Zenana: Scenes and Recollections (1982), and The Bharvad Predicament (1987)


9. In the Floating Desert with Jayasinhji Jhala Part 2: Close Encounters of No Kind (2002), and Nomads


A (Relative) Conclusion


Appendix I: Roger Sandall's Filmed Material Held at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


Appendix II: Roger Sandall's Films Made (Produced, Directed and Edited), Film Awards, and Special Screenings


Appendix III: Innovation in Sound Recording Made During the Filming of the AIAS Ritual Films According to David MacDougall


Appendix IV: Availability of Sandall's Non-Restricted Films


Filmography


Bibliography


Index

Subjects

Books
Art, music and cinema
Cezanne
Vanguardismo
Juan Duns Scoto
Hindú
Animalia
Nicolas Rothwell
Areyongalepis
Catherine Berndt
Cecil Holmes
Duns Scotus
Literature
Kenneth Maddock
Lila Abu-Lughod
George O'Neil
HonestReporting
Nature documentary
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Dorothy E. Smith
Arnhem Land
Marilyn Waring
Dwelling
Kinship
Aborigine
Drought
Environment
Namibia
Nanook of the North
Immanuel Kant
Hierarchy
Hindu
Epistemology
Documentary film
Darwin
Anthropology
Charles Pépin
Aish HaTorah
Dance
John Marshall
John Morton
Louisiana Story
Donna Haraway
Animal
Charles Darwin
Islam
David Graeber
Avant-garde
Australia
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Isabelle Stengers
Jean Duns Scot
Baldwin Spencer
André Gorz
JU
André Bazin
Jean Rouch
Emmanuel Kant
Nature
Edgar Morin
Namibie
Paul Cézanne
Margaret Mead
Marcel Mauss

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Published 12 September 2019
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EAN13 9780253043962
Language English
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