For your first assignment, you were asked to write about something you have learned from one of the class videos. Your second writing assignment will be similar, except that you may choose the film or documentary yourself. Please choose something that interests you, and ideally that will also be interesting to the rest of the class. I will compile a list of these documentaries and distribute it to the class at the end of the Summer B term. You may choose a non-English film/documentary if you like. If you are not sure about your choice, contact me. See the bottom of this page for a list of examples.
You may select a documentary or non-fiction program (no reality shows, and if you are watching a series, choose one episode only) that depicts some aspect of anthropology that we have covered in the class. This is a very broad arena; your film may be about an ethnic group, time period, historical event, political issue, cultural tradition or practice, artistic movement, obscure subculture, but whatever it is, at some point in the paper you must clearly explain the connection to our class, citing key terms and concepts where appropriate.
1. Describe the subject in detail and the film it’s from. Explain why you chose it, what interested you about the topic, and how this subject relates to our class (use key terms and concepts).
2. Again, do a little research on this topic, google it, and investigate it. What other information or details can you find to add to your knowledge from the film? Describe at least two pieces of information you have learned about your topic that builds on what you learned in the film, and provide one reference,
in APA format (make sure it’s a legitimate reference, if you aren’t sure, ask me).
Karbo, Karen. 2019. “Jane Goodall: How a Woman Redefined Mankind.” National
Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/01/jane-goodall-book-excerpt-praise-difficult-women/ (Links to an external site.)
Your paper should be at least 4 pages long, double -spaced, size 12 font. Please upload it as a Word document here.
Examples of Documentaries from Past Classes:
(you aren’t limited to these, of course feel free to pick your own, there are hundreds available on YouTube (many free here), Netflix, Amazon, etc.) Ethnography – KonTiki, Human Planet, Lorena:
Light-Footed Woman, El Sendero de la Anaconda, Tales by the Light Race and Politics –
I Am Not Your Negro, Hate Thy Neighbor, American Factory, How to Change the World, 4 Little Girls Sex and Gender
– Reversing Roe, Knock Down the House, Southern Comfort Nature and Conservation
– The Biggest Little Farm, Virunga, Blackfish, Mission Blue, Cowspiracy Art and Religion – Dark Tourist, Jesus Camp, Devil at the Crossroads, Chef’s Table