Anthropology and Film

A few suggestions for your anthropology-related entertainment:

Life in A Day, a crowdsourced documentary depicting life on July 24th, 2010.  It is available for instant play on Netflix (and note how many reviewers give harsh reviews for the graphic content this film contains. I think this goes to show just how little people know or WANT to know about where their food comes from- and even the idea of death at all probably.) This film definitely makes the familiar strange, AND the strange familiar at the same time.

Examined Life: Philosophy in the Streets is a documentary about philosophy and its influence and meaning upon life in general. The film is composed of a series of short interviews with philosophers, with the likes of Judith Butler, Avital Ronell, Slavov Zizek, and Martha Nussbaum. Each interview is conducted in a different place- along Lakeshore drive, in a cab, in a rowboat in Central Park, in a trash dump, adding a layer of interest and reality to the film. Michael Hardt’s talk about the concept of revolution seems particularly relevant to the philosophy of the Occupy movement.

And last but not least, Portlandia, where the dream of the 90’s is still alive. This show is truly hilarious- but its portrayals of hipster/west coast/yuppie culture are accurate to the point where it causes me some discomfort.


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