Ethnography, Orientalism and the avant‐garde film

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Drawing on the work of Edward Said and James Clifford, this article discusses the theoretical and practical possibilities for producing images of “otherness” which do not participate in an Orientalist discourse. Works by two avant-garde filmmakers, Leslie Thornton and ‘Trinh T. Minh-ha, are examined in the light of these theoretical discussions. While avant-garde film practice is no guarantee of escaping the pitfalls of Orientalism or cultural relativism, selective viewing of avant-garde work may provide useful models for visual production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-160
Number of pages14
JournalVisual Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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