Orientalism in the Documentary Representation of Culture

  title={Orientalism in the Documentary Representation of Culture},
  author={Silvio Carta},
  journal={Visual Anthropology},
  pages={403 - 420}
  • S. Carta
  • Published 1 October 2011
  • Art
  • Visual Anthropology
Structured around the idea that there is a non-linguistic and cross-cultural, possibly biological, basis on which the understanding of pictures rests, this essay looks at the ways whereby images in documentary films challenge the notion of cultural difference. Drawing on Said's Orientalism [1978] and its impact on the basic assumptions of anthropologists, the essay stresses Said's relevance to documentary film theorists, and discusses the work of visual anthropologists and filmmakers influenced… 

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