Self-Reflexive review of a collaborative film project
(University Of Ghent)
Mohammed Asif Rezai
Paper short abstract:
This paper, through a self-reflexive approach, addresses the dilemmas concerning the critical aspects of recording the image of the people who become the subjects of research as well as consuming the images that are produced by them. covered by the mass media.
Paper long abstract:
In 2013 I was invited to join a project that aimed to organize film workshops for unaccompanied minor refugees in order to produce a film shot by them about their journeys. Being highly critical of the idea, as the director of the film, I transformed the project into a film that none of the original participants appeared in. In 2016-17 in contrast to the previous project, with the collaboration of a young refugee in Greece, we made a film that was shot by him with his own mobile phone. This paper, through a self-reflexive approach, compares these two experiences in an attempt to address the dilemmas concerning the critical aspects of recording the image of the people who become the subjects of research as well as consuming the images that are produced by them. By doing so I also would like to address the poetical and political strategies existing in Audio-Visual form of anthropological presentation of the topics that are widely covered by the mass media. This paper also includes the reflection of my collaborator toward the process and outcome of this film while after that the journey is seemingly over.
The visual art of refugees: expressions of flight and exile [Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network Panel]