The Yale University Libraries now have electronic access to Volume II of Ethnographic Video Online via Alexander Street Press. The second volume of the Ethnographic Video Online collection “expands this database by adding 500 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries, field recordings, and previously unpublished footage from renowned anthropological archives such as the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), as well as independent producers and distributors.
“Global in scope, the collection features works from a roster of diverse international filmmakers and includes footage from every continent—from Melanesia to the Arctic Circle, Afghanistan to Zambia, Amsterdam to Zansker. Films explore hundreds of cultures, detailing economic structures, gender roles, family dynamics, spirituality, political formation, and music and the arts.”
Films in the series include Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age, Franz Boas’ The Shackles of Tradition, and Bronislaw Malinowski’s Off the Verandah. The Asia Pacific Films collection, which provides strong representation of Oceania with films by Caroline Yacoe, Garin Nugroho, Uruphong Raksasad, Stephanie Castillo, Vilsoni Hereniko, U-Wei Haji Saari, and Xie Fei. Forbidden Rites, a series produced for National Geographic that includes films on cannibalism, head hunting, and human sacrifice. Internationally recognized films from ZED, including Becoming a Man, Master of the Spirits, and Lands of Legends.