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I went through and edited the article to flow better. At the top of the article it says that there are a lot of weasle words. I tried to weed those out as much as possible... Weasel words are fillers like "such as", "according to" etc. There was an over-use of commas, I re-worded and shortened sentences so that they wern't so long and choppy. I made some spelling corrections. The article should flow better now so that the information being portrayed can be easily read and understood. Kgroblee (talk) 05:13, 5 April 2012 (UTC)Kgroblee
Additions to Origins: The Subjects
I feel that it would be effective, either in its own section or within Origins, to expand on the audiences that ethnographic films are geared towards. The article now seems to focus well on the aesthetic and historical context and the scientific research and study that can be done. However, it is only slightly mentioned through "Nai, the Story of a !Kung Woman" on how the actual subjects or indigenous tribes react-to and can utilize this film.
In order to expand on this topic, I was thinking of a rough statement like this would be ideal:
Indigenous tribes and people often have clearly defined practical reasons for participating in ethnographic films. Such reasons include creating a record of their lives for future generations, warning authorities of potential problems, exchanging cultural information with other cultural groups and educating dominant cultures. An ethnographic film by indigenous creators can also concentrate heavily on a particular movement towards indigenous activism. The way an activist approach is accomplished is when filmmakers approach the issue with a tactic of openness, which ultimately no longer makes the camera a transparent object and instead an actor on stage that is allowed to be lead by its subjects.
Found additional information on this article. I've used an scholarly article by Emilie Debrigard titled "The History of Ethnographic Film". With this article, I've found that an individual named Felix-Louis Regnault could suggest that he could be the forefather of ethnographic film, or at least started it. However, I am concerned that it could go against the previous work on this article done by someone else. I am aware that I could be very well incorrect however. I'll add my findings to this page shortly. PBArcaro (talk) 19:52, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
Issues and Different Types
Added some information due to some research. For Issues, I found information from an article titled "Ethnographic Film:Failure and Promise" by David MacDougall. For Different Types, I found info from an article "Ethnographic Film: Strucuture and Function by Tim Asch, John Marshall and Peter Spier. I dont know if I inserted the references correctly so any help can be appreciated. PBArcaro (talk) 18:41, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
- Aufderheide, Patricia. Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Aufderheide, Patricia. Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2007