This is not the full film--it is a series of clips and a panel discussion. You can pay to see the full version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwn3_6nDCiI
Nothing better reveals the true value of education than what women around the world are willing to sacrifice to get it. In countries like Nepal, Egypt, and Peru, education is denied to young girls. "Girl Rising" shows the transformative potential of education, not just for students but for their nations. It's a narrated series of nine shorts, each following a young girl in a different country.
This documentary focuses on cultural components of marriage, courtship and romantic love across societies and it's role in social and family dynamics. Features examples including the Wodaabe (Bororo) people (subgroup of the Fulani) of the african Sahel, the Nyimba of Northwestern Nepal, the historical context of connections between romantic love and marriage in 'western' culture, and the changing conditions under which it is practiced.
Kuru: The Science and The Sorcery
This film is a medical detective story that unearths cannibalism and sorcery during the course of research into a tragic epidemic in Papua New Guinea. We follow Australian scientist Michael Alpers deep into the jungle and into a mysterious world of tribal conflict. The research into the disease reveals a chain of discoveries that are stranger than fiction and which turn scientific understanding upside down and result in two Nobel Prizes. It’s a story that links strange animal diseases to terrifying fatal human diseases, and that links all humans to a remote past of cannibal practices.
The Shock of the Other
This specific episode focuses on Xanvante people of Brazil, the Mascho-Piro and Yaminawa of Peru. Good video to introduce the role and ethics of cultural anthropology in specific reference to work with indigenous peoples.
The Art of Living
This episode focuses on a juxtaposition between the ways art is used, valued and interpreted between peoples of 'tribal' societies and peoples of modern nation states, claiming that a separation between the two only exists in the latter. Beginning with a familiar examination of arts in contemporary western culture by a visit to the music, the episode then turns to an examination of the Gerewol festival of the Wodaabe people (subgroup of Fulani Ethnicity) of the Sahel region, focusing on a young woman's experience within the cultural and is argued as an example of non-separation of the concepts of art and daily life. Maybury-Lewis then turns to the Dogon of Mali to examine the culture's interpretation of the phenomenon of death and their associated funerary practices.
This episode focuses on the various ways personal and group identity is formed and utilized by various cultural traditions. Examples for the topic include the Weyewa of Sumba in Indonesia and their funerary practice that involves a collective moving of a massive stone block, family planning and abortion practices in 'modern' western culture, the Xavante of western Brazil and their rite of passage/ coming of age process for males, and contemporary mental health and identity struggles in western culture.
The Way of the Shaman - The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner
The story of Michael and Sandra Harner in the history and development of core shamanism, the universal, near universal, and common practices of shamanism worldwide. This documentary movie takes us through Michael’s early expeditions as a young anthropologist in the jungles of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon and his life-altering insights into shamanic power.
Touching the Timeless
This episode examines the roles, practices and goals of spiritual systems across the world by drawing on specific ethnographic examples. Specifically examines ways in which various cultures make meaning out of spiritual practice, and the conception of practices as 'creating', 'maintaining' or 'balancing' the world. The episode begins with presenting the story of the 'Hidden Valley' from Nepal, but centers around the extensive Huichol pilgrimage led by a shaman, famous for ending in the procuration of peyote, a potent entheogen used in ceremony. Encounters between Catholicism and Huichol beliefs addressed in conflicted character 'torn between worlds'. The episode furthers this investigation by covering Najavo chanting and sand painting processes, and exploring the meaning and purpose of these traditions.
Disappearing World: The Meo
Anthropologist Jacques Lemoine looks at the Meo (Hmong) who were originally aborigines of northern central China but forced to migrate south to avoid oppression and to preserve their way of life. Today they live in villages scattered over China and Southeast Asia. This program is about the Meo in Laos where they suffered heavy losses in the civil war. Shows the Meo in American backed refugee camps and includes their traditional lifestyle which they are trying to preserve.
Anthropological Fieldwork; A Personal Account in Nepal
This documentary describes the work, life and challenges of an anthropologist doing ethnography in a Gurung Village in Nepal.
Strange Beliefs: Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard
Strangers Abroad series Part of a television series 'Strangers Abroad', shown on television in the 1990s. Details of the program, including producer, director and other credits are at the end of the film. The film is based on the work of E.E.Evans-Pritchard, particularly his work on Azande Witchcraft.
The Original People of Peru: The Quechua
The Quechua are indigenous people living in the highlands of Peru and neighbouring countries, far away from modern society. Follow along as they make the strenuous pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Señor de Quyllurit'i.
The Men of the Fifth World
The aboriginal culture of Australia, includes a large number of tribes inhabiting the oceanic continent before the arrival of the white man. But all that rich culture is doomed to survive in stocks in which its people are destined to extinction. In this episode one of the elders that preserve aboriginal culture will show the most important elements of a culture that struggles not to disappear.
Ambassadors of the Jungle
Among the high peaks of Papua New Guinea, upholstered in thick jungles, ethnicities inhabit the lands that inspired all that terrible sailors' stories at the beginning of XX Century. They are the head-cutters, warlike cannibal clans that keep colorful rituals and lifestyles attached to nature.We will meet the inhabitants of the Highlands and colorful body painting, participate in rituals "sing-sing" of the Asaro people, where mud men try to keep out enemies with its terrifying aspect, we will find the "enga mummies" of Kukukuku, bodies of warriors who were smoked for preserving them.
Isolated: The Zo'é tribe
This series (Amazonia: Last Call) travels across Brazilian landscapes by way of one of the main links still binding the essence of humanity with the Earth: the Amazon. The filming of the first point of contact with an isolated race, the Zo'E, the encroachment on areas of the Amazonian forest previously uncaptured on film, the evidence relating to the development of the illegal trafficking of species or the recording of the immeasurable value of Brazil's natural spaces; these are just excerpts from the series. The underlying theme is the conflict between the development and conservation of one of the key natural areas underpinning the stability of the planet.
Witchcraft Among the Azande
Evans-Pritchard's book Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande has become a classic of both ethnography and theories of witchcraft. Now, anthropologist John Ryle and film-maker André Singer, who was himself one of Evans-Pritchard's students and has published on the Azande, have teamed together to produce the film Witchcraft among the Azande for Granada Television's Disappearing World series. Singer wanted to learn for himself the accuracy of Evans-Pritchard's analysis and to note the changes since the original fieldwork carried out between 1926 and 1930. Among the Azande, witchcraft is considered to be a major danger. They believe that witchcraft can be inherited and that a person can be a witch, causing others harm, without realising her or his influence. Because of this danger, effective means of diagnosing witchcraft are, for them, vital. One method is through the use of an oracle. Several kinds of oracles are explored in the film, the most important being benge, a poison which is fed to baby chickens. The chick's death or survival provides the oracle's answer. Azande also use benge to judge other evidence in a court before a chief. Anthropologists have long argued about the nature and significance of beliefs in witchcraft and sorcery and, more generally, about the similarities and differences between `traditional' thought and Western science. This film treads a delicate path, exploring an explanation of reality incomprehensible to a majority of Westerners and, at the same time, trying to portray the Azande as a clear-thinking, and almost familiar group of people. In this aim the film succeeds by creating a tension whereby the oracle's answers are important to the viewers because they have become involved and are forming their own opinions about the guilt or innocence of the defendants. Zande is not a static society and much has changed since Evans-Pritchard's original fieldwork. The area filmed is influenced by Catholicism; people are Christian, but the church cannot give answers to many of the questions of the Azande people. The older people see their children abandoning traditional moral and other values. For this schism, the older people seem to blame the government more than the church as the church teaches a value system consonant with the traditional one. Yet, alongside the Christian influence and changes among the younger generation, the power of beliefs in witchcraft and oracles remains. If Singer wanted to give support to Evans-Pritchard's ethnography, he has done so with Witchcraft among the Azande.
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