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Biograf 2021/73

Theoretical pitfalls of ethnographic filmmaking in the context of (visual) anthropology and Czechoslovak ethnography

Tomáš Hirt

Theoretical pitfalls of ethnographic filmmaking in the context of (visual) anthropology and Czechoslovak ethnography

The article presents an effort to map the development and context of a reserved attitude of ethnographic film theorists towards documentary cinematography and film theory. It also presents a critical reflection regarding the visual-anthropological tradition of ethnographic filmmaking from the positions of contemporary documentary film theory. The aim of this paper is to show the ideological and epistemological frameworks of the theoretical underestimation of the film medium in visual anthropology. The subject matter of the analysis does not, above all, include individual films, but, rather, theoretical texts published in programmatic visual-anthropological proceedings, review publications and professional journals. The analyzed forms of ethnographic filming include filmmaking which took place within the framework of Czechoslovak ethnography. The aim of this article is a comparative placement of Czech and Czechoslovak ethnographic filmmaking in a broader historical context regarding the use of audio-visual means in anthropologically oriented sciences.

Keywords:

visual anthropology; ethnographic film; documentary film; Czechoslovak ethnography.

Biograf themes:

Anthropology and ethnography; Visuality, visual media and research

Citation:

HIRT, T. (2021): Teoretická úskalí etnografického filmu v kontextu (vizuální) antropologie a československého národopisu [Theoretical pitfalls of ethnographic filmmaking in the context of (visual) anthropology and Czechoslovak ethnography] Biograf (73-74): Available at [last access26. 09. 2022]

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