WSU: Anthropology and Filming our Social Worlds

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Ethnographic film-making has long been a medium for ethnographic analysis in Anthropology. In this panel for Social Sciences Week 2022, Anthropology @ Western Sydney University presents a film by Dr Malini Sur (ICS, SoSS) entitled Life Cycle that offers a tribute to the bicycle in uncertain times and its relationship to rapidly changing Indian cities. The film maker will discuss the making of the film and is joined by a panel of discussants in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities of ethnographic film making

Panellists: Mary Hawkins, Cristina Rocha, Andrew McWilliam, Kathleen Openshaw and Helena Onnudottir

Film Trailer:

Life Cycle (42 Minutes) explores the place of the bicycle in the everyday lives of city dwellers in Kolkata. Are Kolkata’s bicycles relics of a past to be hastily discarded or are they viable, if complicated cargo vehicles in India’s burgeoning cities? Winding through Kolkata’s roads we follow the city’s daily wage-workers, teachers and environmentalists and their changing relationships to cycling. What happens when new traffic regulations impede two-wheeled travelers from riding on Kolkata’s roads? How do vendors, couriers, newspaper sellers and artists negotiate Kolkata’s roads congested with cars and other motorized transport? Who wins the battle for the road – the bicycle or the car?

Direction: Malini Sur ** Camera: Debalina ** Additional Camera** Sabyasachi Bannerjee ** Sound: Sabyasachi Pal **Editing: Sumit Ghosh ** Sound Design: Aparna Das ** Re-Recording: Abdul Rajjak: Sub-Titles: Sayan Bhattacharya

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Meeting ID: 883 9102 4916 Password: 528605

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5 September 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST
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