Collaborative experiences with filmmaking in southern Africa's Kalahari: film and its contribution to public anthropology 
Susanne Hammacher (Übersee-Museum Bremen)
Hugh Brody (University of Cambridge)
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Start time:
9 June, 2012 at 14:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

Paper: "John Marshall and the Ju/wa people of Nyae Nyae: a life's commitment" by Andrés Barrera-González. Film: abstracts from A Kalahari Family, a lifetime of documentation, research, and personal contact with the Ju/'hoansi Bushmen by filmmaker John Marshall, 1951-2001. Film: Tracks Across Sand. The Khomani San of the southern Kalahari (2012, 38 mins) directed by Hugh Brody. From 1996 to 2008, Hugh Brody worked with the =Khomani San of the southern Kalahari on their land claim. This included filming all aspects of the research behind the claim, and then the results of the claim going through. This work generated over 130 hours of footage. A DVD with segments of this footage is now in the final stages of editing. This film is the first of the DVD segments, and sets out an overview of how the claim in southern Kalahari originated and what it has meant to the Bushman communities at its centre.

Long Abstract


It is an interesting time for the world of film and anthropology. New technologies permit ever broader uptake and production of high quality screen work combined with a myriad of potential distribution platforms. A growing number of films reflect a passion for using visual media to explore, research, and communicate anthropological topics. Communities are enthusiastically using digital media to document their own lives, cultures and sub-cultures.

Anthropologists from all corners of the world are adopting digital media as part of their research practice. At the same time, non-anthropologists are using film to explore topics with anthropological themes.

This short film programme explores the possible roles of screen media in a public anthropology, drawing together recent work from the last RAI Film Festival and showcasing a range of different sources - cinema, television, community media- with styles ranging from ethnofiction, to reportage documentary, observational narrative, archival salvage and participatory collaborative media.

Accepted paper: