Explorations of Film and Anthropology
The book begins with analyses of key filmmakers (Robert Flaherty, Robert Garner, and Tim Asch) who have striven to generate profound statements about human behavior on film. Ruby then discusses the idea of research film, Eric Michaels and indigenous media, the ethics of representation, the nature of ethnography, anthropological knowledge, and film and lays the groundwork for a critical approach to the field that borrows selectively from film, communication, media, and cultural studies. Witty and original, yet intensely theoretical, this collection is a major contribution to the field of visual anthropology.
1. Researching with a Camera: The Anthropologist as Picture Taker
2. The Aggie Must Come First: Robert Flaherty's Place in Ethnographic Film History
3. Robert Gardner and Anthropological Cinema
4. Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch
5. The Ethics of Image Making; or, "They're Going to Put Me in the Movies. They're Going to Make a Big Star Out of Me"
6. Exposing Yourself: Reflexivity, Anthropology, and Film
7. The Viewer Viewed: The Reception of Ethnographic Films
8. Speaking for, Speaking about, Speaking with, or Speaking Alongside
9. In the Belly of the Beast: Eric Michaels and Indigenous Media
10. Toward an Anthropological Cinema: Some Conclusions and a Possible Future