Access films here: https://svafilmfestival2021.org
Some films will allow you to play on the website, some might send you to Youtube or Vimeo. And some films need passwords. READ EACH FILM INSTRUCTIONS so that you know. Ensure you do this before you email me with any questions. Each film very clearly tells you the password. Or it is embedded in the website and you can just press play.
Review the program and the website and pick two films that sound interesting to you.
Note: The program organizes the films into themes. But do not limit the films you watch to a single theme or you miss out on the true richness of this assignment. FIND YOUR OWN CONNECTIONS!!
Take notes during the film. Watch it twice. Remember that watching an ethnographic film requires as much focus as reading an ethnography.
You are to watch TWO films from the program below. One of your films must feature-length (meaning over 60mins). This means you can watch two feature lengths or one feature-length and one short film (anything under 59 minutes).
You must write a 1,000-1,500 word (or more — remember that encourage you to push your thoughts beyond word counts) critical reflection on the films that relate to themes learned in the course throughout the term (ie. Gender, Health, Globalization, Language, etc). This essay is to be an ORIGINAL reflection on the films and frame up your discussion as an anthropologist in training.
You must start with a thesis statement that draws a connection that you see exists between the two films (the topic, the phenomenon, the theme). This is your original thought. If you need help with Thesis statements, as I said from the start of term, reach out to the LEARNING HUB, I made a module in September that links you there.
Then you are to discuss what is the ethnographic content of the film. This means, you introduce the film, what it covers, what it tells us about a phenomenon in society, and how this data links to and supports your thesis). What do the films tell us about society? Analyze the films for their content. And make connections between the film (if there are any).
Bibliographies are required. You must cite the films and any additional materials (i.e. your textbook, additional research, any supplemental materials offered in our course, etc). It does not matter what citation format you use (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc), but you must use it correctly.
4pts – Central Argument: An original thesis statement is clearly presented that addresses the task of the assignment where you must find discuss two films from the SVA Film and Media Festival program.
4pts – Evidence: a clear discussion of each film that presents the unique focus/subject matter of the film, its anthropological insights, etc.
3pts – Analysis: Critically offers an original insight that either shows a connection or difference between the two films.
2pts – Course Connection: Brings in relevance to ideas and facts introduced in ANTH 100 from either a lecture, class activity, or assigned readings to date.
2pts- Style, which includes:
– Formatting (grammar, punctuation, title, citations, works cited page, careful proofreading, appropriate length) and ensures a consistent citation format (and indicates this on their assignment in the bibliographynote you can use any citation style just be consistent)
– Clarity (clear, easily understandable prose, this means full sentences); and
– Creativity (varying, engrossing and sophisticated prose).
[HERE in this assignment is your chance to APPLY all of the productive and constructive feedback you have received on your assignments. Be sure to proof read your work and ensure you are making clear arguments and statements and supporting it with secondary research beyond the film if needed]
From your Syllabus:
Reading ethnographies is essential. And we will be reading excerpts from several throughout the term. However, we can also experience and learn through ethnographic film. One of the best international Film Festivals will be taking place during our course this semester, and the films will be Open Access and available to you. All information will be put in the assignment guideline in Canvas. You will need to watch two films from the Festival and write a critical analysis of the core anthropological issues being presented, and link it back to the course content. This assignment is due at a point in the semester where you will enjoy watching a good quality film rather than a Zoom screen!