Posted on Monday 15th July 2013
Silvio Carta's article 'Vittorio De Seta’s Banditi a Orgosolo: an Ethnographic Film' has just been published in Studies in Documentary Film, 7:1, p. 61-78.
The article explores to what extent Vittorio De Seta's Banditi a Orogosolo (1961), a film made by a film-maker lacking academic training in the discipline of anthropology, is an ethnographic film and what is meant by ethnographic in this regard. The article maintains that Banditi is a film that produces understandings emerging through the process of film-making rather than an illustrative device to popularize existing anthropological ideas. The film is placed in the broad international cinematic context of ethnographic film-making, adding a different dimension to discussions of the film. The features of the film that make it especially unique in the Sardinian context will be given. The article suggests that any understanding of the distinctive qualities of film itself should take into account the ways in which this experimental artistic form produces knowledge in its own right, expanding the arena of postmodern anthropology.
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