Accepted paper:

Filming my parents: methodological challenges of family documentaries

Author:

Ileana Gabriela Szasz (National School for Political and Administrative Studies Bucharest)

Paper short abstract:

Visually documenting your own family pushes the boundaries of reflection on the issues of methodology behind the production process of anthropological documentaries on the one hand and on the challenges that arise along with establishing your fieldwork at home on the other hand.

Paper long abstract:

Visually documenting your own family pushes the boundaries of reflection on the issues of methodology behind the production process of anthropological documentaries on the one hand and on the challenges that arise along with establishing your fieldwork at home on the other hand. This paper looks at how family documentaries are influenced by the kinship relation between the filmmaker and the subjects and more specifically, how family is represented by the author in this specific situation. The starting point of the research is a short documentary I have produced, which follows the reactions, the daily activities and the thoughts that emerge in the first weeks of retirement of my parents. This research suggests that the visual representation of one's domestic intimacy is at the meeting point of personal goals, professional objectives and standards and the need to protect your family.

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Collaboration in visual work: with whom, how, what for? (VANEASA)