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Accepted Paper:

Co-operation and manipulation: experiences from ethnographic filmmaking  
Beate Engelbrecht (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Paper long abstract:

Doing ethnographic fieldwork with film in Mexico, Burkina Faso, India, and Indonesia about ritual, craft, architecture, and developmental processes has confronted me with a variety of situations of uncertainty, mistrust, but also of committed cooperation and friendship.

I began my carrier as anthropologist doing fieldwork in Mexico. I faced various situations of mistrust and misinformation. That changed when I started to film. People got an insight in my work. They knew film is, they saw us working, they got a feeling of presence, and they saw later the results. Later I used film as a tool of communication, investigation, and co-operation. Film has some advantages: the process is open, the people follow closely on what one is doing, and they feel, they have a possibility to intervene. But the people manipulate the film situation also, they participate in the film construction even the filmmaker is not aware of it.

Panel W044
What are you really doing here? Suspicion and the politics of ethnography
  Session 1