Intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video. Contains classic and contemporary documentaries; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films.
A Country Auction is "an ethnographic film about an estate auction in a rural community in Pennsylvania. It examines the personal, social and economic processes involved when a family dissolves their homestead."
The story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino as they work in the sixteenth century Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico (Potosí). Abandoning their Catholic beliefs, Cerro Rico miners believe that Satan, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the mines, determines whether they live or die there.
This film was made over a period of seven years in the following communities: in the Kunene north region of Namibia, at the homestead of the Tjambiru family of Etanga; in the vicinity of Etanga; in the Cunene and Namibe Provinces of d'Angola; in Oncócua and vicinity, in Erora, Otjiheke, Namibe and Virei and vicinity.
This short experimental film, in part a response by Aboriginal Australian visual artist Tracey Moffatt to Charles Chauvel's celebrated feature film “Jedda”, focuses on the theme of a mother-daughter relationship in the context of white-Aboriginal relations.
Say My Name documents the work of MRG's Street Theatre programme in addressing issues of discrimination, following professional and minority actors as they work together to combat discrimination and racism in four countries. In Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana and the Dominican Republic, we see how street theatre is used to educate and inspire communities with performances in public spaces.
A surrealist parody of ethnographic film: Released in 1932 this is a documentary depicting the extreme poverty, mental deficiency, starvation, inbreeding, sickness and death among Spanish peasants living in the Las Hurdes mountains, the poorest district of northern Spain.