contemporary indigenous filmmaking ,” monika seibert note H u m a n i t i e s

contemporary indigenous filmmaking ,” monika seibert note H u m a n i t i e s

Writing Exercise Assignment:Write a descriptive analysis of any one (1) of the following four (4) items, in terms of its “film form” and “representational politics”:1. Qaqqig: The Gathering OR Attanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Kunuk2. Kenya Boran part 1+2 David McDougall3. Reassemblage, Trinh Minh Ha4. Tungqijiq1. Break down some of the characteristic formal elements of the fill you select and describe how they work to accomplish the director’s purpose and create the intended effect. You don’t need to cover everything, and in fact focusing down on particular formal elements or even a single element is often most effective. Keep it focused on what serves your argument; not everything is possible to cover.2. Make a point, through the description of some film values that are revealed in your analysis. Your film values can be the same as one of the readings, or your own point. You will probably be making a convincing case for the film’s “representational politics”The following readings concern film form. You should reference the ideas at least one to help you keep your focus on the form of film. 1. “Unprivileged Camera Style,” David MacDougall2. “Mechanical Eye, Electronic Ear and the Lure of Authenticity,” Trinh Minh-HaThe following readings concern representational politics (Trinh Minh-Ha above is also about representational politics). You should reference the ideas of at least one of the following two readings also:

21. “Taxidermy and Romantic Anthropology,” Fatimah Rony (note that you would be borrowing her ideas and approach and you will not be writing extensively on NanookoftheNorth, except perhaps by comparison. Rony already analyzed that film).2. “Atanarjuat and the Ideological Work of Contemporary Indigenous Filmmaking,” Monika Seibert Note that you may, in addition to the above, use any course readings at any time in your essay but you don’t have to.Include “film stills” to help illustrate your point and identify specific parts of the film you are writing about. If you don’t know how to make and handle screenshots on your computer, look it up on the Google. Also, kanopy.com may prohibit screenshots (not sure about that), so you can skip this if your film is on kanopy and it turns out screenshots are prohibited.How to go about getting ready to write the exerciseFirst, make sure you are not thinking of this as a like a review on a movie review website or even most film reviews in newspapers, etc. It’s not about whether you liked it or not or enjoyed it (not directly). It’s about thinking with the film.Choose your film and brainstorm a bunch of ideas. Ask yourself as you are watching:What do you find interesting, disturbing, noteworthy? Does the film exemplify some aspect of film form with special clarity? What effect is it going for? What meanings are communicated by the form that have particular importance? How does the form of the film relate to either its representational politics (esp. concerning the representation of “non-westerners” or “primitive culture”), and/or the quality of its representation (how it accomplishes, or not, its purpose to communicate or artistically evoke something about human life)When you can answer all the above questions for your chosen films, you are in a good position to think about writing your exercise. Your exercise cannot cover all the above questions. Therefore, if you have made observations enough to answer the above questions, then you have more than enough ideas to choose from for your exercise.Organization and Writing:As you know, argumentative writing often has this underlying structure:

31. Statement of thesis2. Reasons to believe thesis, illustrations and examples that support it3. More informed way to re-state thesis and reflections on it’s implicationsThe above seems like a good structure for this exercise, but you are free to come up with your own.Quotations/citations: since all your materials for this paper are course materials, you may use the following informal citation format: At the end of a sentence or quote, put in parentheses (Last Name, page #), like: (Eisenstein, page 5) or (Minh-ha, page 2).For a film citation at end of sentence, or under film, still put (Title, Director last name) like (Reassemblage, Minh-ha). Time stamp is not necessary. You are not allowed to use any outside sources, even if they are very interesting. All materials for the paper are to come from the course and your own thoughts. Therefore, do not attach a bibliography. All the sources are known since they are on the syllabu

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