The film session at EPIC explores the ways ethnographic practitioners have used moving images to interpret data, share insights, and tell the stories of their work. Filmmakers showcase these forays in visual storytelling by screening examples and discussing the limits and possibilities of the form. Films were selected through anonymous review.
Introduction, Charley Scull
Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security in Newark, RUCHIKA MUCHHALA, Third Kulture Media
The Learning Library: Using Ethnographic Film as an Organizational Change Tool by Scaling Human Insights across a National Preschool System, HAL PHILLIPS & MEG KINNEY, Bad Babysitter
Clyde in Mulberry, ALLEGRA OXBOROUGH, Aero Creative
Agency in the Smart Home of the Future, NICK AGAFONOFF, Real Ethnography
CHARLEY SCULL, Committee Chair and Film Session Curator
Considering the theme of agency through the lens of film offers many avenues for exploration, in terms of both the stories that film can feature and the power...
Pacific AIDS Network
This paper discusses the benefits and challenges of participatory photography as ethnographic evidence and how as researchers we can “read” the evidence our participants create. Drawing on examples from an ethnographic study examining concepts and constructions of community on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, I examine how we can interrogate photographs as data rather than factual evidence. Adages such as “the camera doesn’t lie” support the view of photography as a purveyor of truth. Photos accompanying journalistic dispatches from far-flung outposts around the world are seen as authentic evidence of real-world situations. Amateur videos of people’s life experiences are filmed on smart phones and then posted to YouTube to be taken as authentic representations of life events. Early ethnographic uses celebrated photography as the ultimate tool for showing that anthropologists had actually “been there,” displaying the exoticism of other cultures in factual black and white....