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Social Life of a Bus by Govind Gopakumar
Video (33 min. 50 sec.) India: Buses in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), a growing metropolis of 10 million people in India, are a particularly interesting location of study because of some recent challenges. Although, buses in the city shoulder a major share of people movement, mobility choices are influenced by the rapid rise in automobility, which in itself is influenced by policy priorities in favor of massive, government-subsidized, infrastructure investments (such as metro, tolled elevated roads, signal free corridors, flyovers) geared towards promoting private automobility. (...more)view film
Manatee Lagoon: Yesterday and Today by Eileen Smith-Cavros and Guadalupe Almanza
Video (30 min.) Mexico: Laguna Manati: Ayer y Hoy (Manatee Lagoon: Yesterday and Today) tells a story of change, loss, and perseverance in the words of the people whose story it is. For two years, an interdisciplinary group of sociologists, biologists, and anthropologists traveled several times, including two trips with undergraduate students, to a rural village in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The village was surrounded by Laguna Manati (Manatee Lagoon) and the Olmec archaeological site, El Manati. (...more)view film
The Politics of Friendship and Confrontation by Syd Krochmalny
Video (20 min. 35 sec.) Argentina: At the end of 2008, activists from the student center decided to take over the three campuses of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. The move was prompted by the students’ demands for structural improvements, a higher budget, and the completion of the new multi-department center. All academic activity within the university building was suspended and classes were held in the streets. The students held assemblies, public classes, and demonstrations. The principal issue was the necessity to provide adequate space for student and faculty members to socialize.(...more)view film
The Passage of Fish by Francesco Bachis, Dawn Lyon, Felice Tiragallo
Video (15 min. 19 sec.) Italy: This short ethnographic film about the everyday life of the wholesale fish market in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy immerses the viewer in the material, sensory, and affective atmosphere of the market space. It presents the broad temporal and spatial rhythms of the market. We see the fish arrive before daybreak, and later we watch as it is packed up and driven off to the next point of distribution or consumption. Within this narrative, the film focuses on the key social practices that underpin trade. (...more)view film
The Vital Other by Lan Angela Li
Video (14 min. 53 sec.) USA: This film explores converging experiences of medical care and expertise in northwest India. It follows a surgeon, a gynecologist, and an internist, each drawing on Ayurvedic medicine and biomedicine in disease diagnosis and treatment. Considering the historical, environmental, socioeconomic, and political factors that disrupt and disturb their practice, our actors demonstrate their own agency in navigating a range of obstacles. (...more)view film
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In Security by Ron Harpelle
In Security is an engaging and thought-provoking documentary about how barbed wire, a simple 19th century invention used to claim land for agricultural purposes, has evolved into a silent sentinel that acts as a means of control over people and spaces around the world. Since its inception, barbed wire, a.k.a. the "Devil's Rope," has become a ubiquitous feature of our daily lives, yet we never give it a second thought. Used as a security barrier, it surrounds pastures in the countryside, parking lots, homes and other buildings. While its general purpose is to establish a boundary, barbed wire is also used as a frontline obstacle by the military forces of the world, as a boundary marker between countries, and as an impenetrable wall around prisons and other institutions that demand absolute control over the movement of human beings. (...more)
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