UAB Ethnographic Filmmaking is an interdisciplinary class that merges the methods of documentary filmmaking and anthropology as a way for students to research and represent local communities through film. Ethnography is a method used in social science in which community based research or “fieldwork” is conducted to learn about and represent a group of people or social phenomenon. The student films are the product of a semester long research assignment in which students investigate a social justice issue related to a local community or culture.
The goal of the course is for students to gain a better understanding of a community issue and their role as engaged citizens. Students are challenged to fairly represent perspectives different from their own through the craft of film and storytelling.
Ethnographic Filmmaking is a six-credit hour course taught every spring semester since 2000. The class is team-taught by Michele Forman and Rosie O'Beirne. A variety of films have been produced over a decade highlighting a wide range of topics: religion, class, ethnicity, urban development, the arts - just to name a few! You can access and view past student films at Sterne Library's Online Digital Collection.
Media Studies most recent films can also be viewed at the UAB Media Studies Vimeo Channel.
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