Mediated Borders: Rouch, Reversal, and Reflections on Ethnographic Film

An AASRC Symposium Workshop
May 24, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Sponsored by: The African and African American Studies Research Center (AAASRC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Organizers: Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Director AAASRC (UCSD) and J.R. Osborn (Georgetown University)

Mediated images transcend and flow across cultural borders in multidirectional ways.  This panel addresses ethnographic film and media as a source of paradigms for border crossings.  Emphasis is placed on films dealing with Africa and the African diaspora.  Films carry their own passports and visas as they travel from sites of production to both local and global screenings.  Increasingly, online videos may sidestep official checkpoints of customs and migration to reach wider and more diverse audiences.

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Behind the Scenes: Cinématon

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I recently produced a behind the scenes look at Gérard Courant filming Cinématon, the world's longest running film production.  Katy Chang and I were lucky enough to get our portraits taken during the premiere of Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai at the 2012 Gulf Film Festival in Dubai. We are now co-stars with such luminaries as Godard, Terry Gilliam, Ultraviolet, and of course Gérard himself. Gérard’s work is showcased at this year’s festival, where he is screening selections of Cinématon that were filmed in Dubai over the past year. We chose to honor Gérard by filming him filming us.