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Memories of the origins of ethnographic film
ED. BEATE ENGELBRECHT
Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2007, 504 pp. US ISBN 0-8204-6419-3
This is a very interesting book, despite its rather unengaging title and poor production. About thirty filmmakers and anthropologists have contributed chapters on their own practice as well as on the problems, political and epistemological, faced in the practice of ethnographic film. This could remain a mere historical exercise, but turns out to be a very vibrant and interesting debate on the relations between science and art, documentaries and fiction, and the matter of how to control the so-called scientific gaze to …