An Article by a nurse at HI Flying - Air Ambulance International.
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Film and photography have been an integral part of Anthropology, but this relationship is mostly considered to be rather uncomfortable and controversial. Many anthropologists of 19th century considered film and photography to be an immature and not a ‘serious’ approach for anthropology. According to their views a serious anthropology can only be produced and analysed in text. Film and photography is merely an above the surface illustration which further, in addition to studying text, requires deep analysis and interpretation. Ethnographic films are the well-organized moving-media or visual realization of anthropological studies. Robert Flaherty is famously known as the father of docufiction and ethnofiction (ethnographic films). His silent documentary ‘Nanook of the North’ is known to be the best silent documentary ever. The participatory nature of his cinema can be reflected from an incident while filming the walrus hunt with Eskimo community. He explained to the natives that the hunt should be natural, but shouldn’t interfere with the recording. The hunt was acted upon on his command. It was this fictional nature of his research that made him the inventor of fictional documentary or docufiction. Though this kind of research altered the natural flow of events for the sake of filming, it also helped in finding an episodic and managed structure to study a culture. According to Robert, data is more important than method employed to get it, even if it requires including fiction to it, as long as it is informative and real to the audience.
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