Tag Archives: 07. Feminist Film: The UK and Americas (1970s-80s)

06. Ethnographic Film in the Decolonizing Third World (1970s-80s)

Media praxis within ethnographic film restructures many of anthropology‘s founding positions. The naming of unequal relations of power, difference, and knowledge production between the anthropologist (author) and the Third World or indigenous native (subject) is both subject and method of this tradition. Writes Jean Rouch, “every time a film is made there is cultural disruption.” […]

07. Feminist Film: The UK and Americas (1970s-80s)

When second-wave feminists came to film in the 1970s as part of their struggle against patriarchy, a tension developed within the community, evidencing a split (not establishing connections) between theory and practice. Competing feminist theories of looking and speaking were at the heart of this split. For those on the “side” of practice over form […]

Third World Majority

“Third World Majority (TWM) is a new media training and production resource center run by a collective of young women of color and our allies dedicated to developing new media practices that affect global justice and social change through grassroots political organizing”

Trinh, Minh-ha. “Documentary Is/Not a Name,” re voice

The socially oriented filmmaker is thus the almighty voice-giver (here, in a vocalizing context that is all-male), whose position of authority in the production of meaning continues to go unchallenged, skillfully masked as it is by its righteous mission. 84

Trinh, Minh-ha. “Documentary Is/Not a Name,” re self/other

Thus, a subject who points to him or herself as subject-in-process, a work that displays its own formal properties or its own constitution as a work, is bound to upset one’s sense of identity–the familiar distinction between the Same and the Other since the latter is not longer kept in a recognizable relation of dependence, […]

Rony, Fatimah. Chants of Lotus.

Chants Of Lotus (Upi Avianto, Nia Di Nata, Fatimah Rony, Lasja F. Susatyo, Indonesia, 2007) Screening Dates 31 OCT 2008/16:30/Paragon Cineplex 14 1 NOV 2008/20:20/Paragon Cineplex 14

Rony, Fatimah. “The Third Eye,” re fascinating cannibalism

the obsessive consumption of images of a racialized Other known as the Primitive is usefully labeled fascinating cannibalism.  By “fascinating cannibalism” i mean to draw attention to the mixture of fascination and horror that the “ethnographic” occasion: the cannibalism” is not that of the people who are labeled Savages, but that of the consumers of […]

Rich, B. Ruby. “In the Name of Feminist Filmmaking”

Overall, there is a growing acceptance of feminist film as an area of study rather than as a sphere of action. And this may pull feminist work away from its early political commitment, encompassing a wide social setting; away from issues of life that go beyond form; away from the combatative into the merely representational.” […]

Rich, B. Ruby. “In the Name of FF,” re theory/practise

The chronology also shows the initial cross-fertilization between the women’s movement and cinema, which took place in the area of practice rather than in written criticism. 271

Rich, B. Ruby. “In the Name of FF,” re hierarchy

“The reliance on form as the ultimate gauge of a film’s worth sets up an inevtiable hierarchy that places reconstructive films at the top of a pyramid, leaving corrective realist approaches among the baser elements.”