Filming the significant other: Human and non-human

Natasha Fijn*

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    The filming of ‘significant others’ (other cultures or other animals) is subject to different filmmaking styles and generally viewed by different audiences. My research encompasses people from another culture, Mongolian herders, and their engagement with non-human animals, horses, cattle, sheep and goats. A documentary that features human interaction with other animals is unusual, as most ethnographic films focus on the social relationships and dialogue between people, while wildlife films focus on animals with sparse reference to human influence. In this paper, I make a comparison between two genres, ethnographic and wildlife filmmaking, using British television series Natural World and Disappearing World as example. This paper is supplemented by digital footage, featuring Mongolian herders and their social interaction with sheep and goats in spring. The short clip that accompanies this paper is illustrative of my own approach to filmmaking.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)297-307
    Number of pages11
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


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