138A: History and Theory of Ethnographic Film

Instructor: Daniel Fisher

Term: Fall 2017

Time: Tu, Th 3:30pm – 4:59pm

The course will trace the development of ethnographic film from its beginnings at the turn of the century to the present. In addition to looking at seminal works in the field, more recent and innovative productions will be viewed and analyzed. Topics of interest include the role of visual media in ethnography, ethics in filmmaking, and the problematic relationship between seeing and believing. Requirements include film critiques, a film proposal, and a final exam.


  • Meets Social & Behavioral Sciences, L&S Breadth