Abstract


The Nature of Experience in Transcultural Cinema

Nathan Johnston

When filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch asked an interracial group of students in segregated 1960s Cote d'Ivoire to create a film about interracial tensions and then filmed the result, he raised questions that continue ring clearly today. How are the imagination of fiction and the truth of reality intertwined? How can the processes of making and viewing films create paths to new understandings? This paper approaches cultural misconceptions and conceptual change through cognition, visual anthropology, and the arts to show that transcultural film - that which transcends borders altogether - offers us a true opportunity to "see with new eyes."


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