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(Wiley Blackwell, 2006-09) Durington, Matthew Slover; Towson University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Robert Gardner’s many contributions to ethnographic documentary film production are undeniable and problematic. The historical and critical discussions that have surrounded Robert Gardner, and Dead Birds in particular, are numerous and range from dissections of the film’s authenticity to larger ethical debates concerning the use of constructed voice-over. At the start of the 21st century, the question that must be asked is “what is the value of Dead Birds pedagogically and as a representation of visual anthropology?”
(American Anthropological Association, 2004) Durington, Matthew Slover; Towson University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Throughout his career and through his films, John Marshall has embodied many representational debates in anthropology and ethnographic media production. With "A Kalahari Family," Marshall has provided his most reflexive film to date as well as a comprehensive visual record of 50 years of transition among the Ju/'hoansi, from lingering, hunter-gatherer subsistence to problematic and often tragic contemporary living conditions. "A Kalahari Family" bears witness to the negative effects a racist ideology and varied development agendas have had on an indigenous group of people, and the transformative effects they continue to have. In the film, the audience also witnesses the evolution of John Marshall himself, from naïve, inexperienced teenager engaging an exotic other, with all the inherent cultural baggage of a Western perspective, to his eventual emergence as a filmmaker and a dedicated advocate for the people with whom he has become so involved.