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Video Message from Greg Scott Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Video Ethnography

Welcome to the Journal of Video Ethnography (JVE) Special Issue for 2014. JVE is the world’s first-ever, peer-reviewed journal of ethnographic films and videos. JVE’s articles are movies with social science concepts, theories, and ideas at their core. This journal was originally conceived and developed in tandem with the Ethnografilm Festival, a social science film festival held annually at Cine 13 in the Montmartre District of Paris. JVE dedicates this year’s Special Issue to the publication of nine films that screened at the first annual Ethnografilm Festival held in April 2014. A subcommittee of the JVE Editorial Board selected these films for special review and for publication. Enjoy this issue!

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Country Crush by Molly Merryman

Video (58 min. 46 sec.), USA: Country Crush focuses on a little known competitive sport: combine harvester demolition derby. Filmed in the farming community of Columbiana County, Ohio, Country Crush reveals the central importance of local fairs to rural communities, the impact from the loss of family farms, and the significance of male friendship and competition in small communities, all the while focusing on a fun and unique sporting event.(...more)

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El Dia Primero by Sarah Borealis and Neyda Paredes

Video (10 min), USA/Mexico: Mexicans have a complex relationship with death. In Mesoamerican mythology, life and death are complementary parts of the human experience. In modern Mexico, popular devotion to Santa Muerte (Saint Death) is growing exponentially. (...more)

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In the Wilderness of a Troubled Genre by John Melville Bishop

Video (52 min. 10 sec.), USA: In the Wilderness of a Troubled Genre is a conversation over time and space with ethnographic and actuality filmmakers recorded from 2000 to 2012. The film considers the ethos, practicalities, practices, and ethics of making films about real people across cultures. (...more)

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Maturarul (The Broom Maker) by Stefan Scarlatescu

Video (10 min. 6 sec.), Romania: Maturarul (The Broom Maker) is an ethnographic document about a lost traditional handicraft from Dobra, a village in Romania. It also offers a sad but serene portrait of 80-year-old Vladoaia Stan, who has spent a lifetime making handcrafted brooms. (...more)

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Near the Mountain by Flynn Donovan

Video (14 min. 40 sec.), USA: A 79-year-old Peruvian quarry worker and his son have been cutting stone for over forty years. We follow the two men through their arduous day as they cut stone by hand. The father reminiscences about his long life, his work, and his contributions to the world. (...more)

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Ngaben: Emotion and Restraint in a Balinese Heart by Robert Lemelson

Video (15 min. 46 sec.), USA: According to Balinese Hindu beliefs, the cremation ceremony, or ngaben, is one of the most important steps in a person’s spiritual life. It is through cremation that the soul is released from the body to ascend to heaven to be reincarnated. (...more)

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Standing on the Edge of a Thorn by Robert Lemelson

Video (32 min. 17 sec.), USA: Shot over the course of 12 years, Standing on the Edge of a Thorn explores the rural origins of the Indonesian sex trade. The film is narrated by Lisa Ariyani, the daughter of Imam Rohani, “a retired civil servant struggling with a mental disorder,” and Tri Suryani, an unwed pregnant teenager. (...more)

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The Last Taboo by Tony Steyger

Video (24 min. 19 sec.), USA: "Shit is very dangerous to people's health," as Margaret Kahiga simply puts it. She is part of the new, no-nonsense approach to improving Kenya's sanitation. Feces contamination kills one child every 20 seconds — more than AIDS and malaria combined. But when it comes to poo, there is a shared sense of "fear, disgust, and shame" within local Kenyan communities. (...more)

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The Silkies of Madagascar by David Evans

Video (25 min. 19 sec.), USA: In his new documentary, The Silkies of Madagascar, award-winning filmmaker David Evans tells the story of how access to global markets preserves an ancient tradition, empowers women, and changes the future for their children. A young Peace Corps volunteer and a seasoned folk art visionary team up to change everything for the Silkies. (...more)

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Editor's Pick


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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In the Spotlight


Portrait of Raymond Depardon by Jean Rouch

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Mar. 15 - Apr. 15, 2015 Call for submissions for the third issue. Click here for author / director guidelines and other policies for more info.

Mar. 15, 2015 Publication of second issue.