Anthropology Videos

Anthropology Videos

This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but it represents a selection of anthropology related videos collected for the UCR Libraries in the last few years.

Acquired 2009-2010

  • Tiananmen moon : inside the Chinese student uprising of 1989

  • Internationalizing cultural studies : an anthology

  • Television in post-reform China : serial dramas, Confucian leadership and the global television market

  • Chinese connections : critical perspectives on film, identity and diaspora

Acquired 2007-2008

  • My Land Zion
    "Yulie Cohen-Gerstel questions her own decision to return and raise her family in war-torn Israel, while challenging the myths of Zionism"

  • Divorce Iranian Style
    Looks inside an Iranian divorce court and shows how women are treated under Islamic law."

Acquired 2005-2006

  • Ropa Americana  - The voyage to Costa Rica of shirt donated to a thrift store in Canada.
  • Bolivia: on the brink 
         "Bolivia's history of class stratification along language, race and class lines has become more evident due to policies of globalization. Disputes over exporting natural gas and the selling of water rights to private companies are just two examples of how national economic policies affect local populations and can lead to political activism of indigenous peoples."
  • Frontiers: Haiti and the Dominican Republic 
         "The river which forms the border between the thriving Dominican Republic and desperately poor Haiti is named the Massacre River. It is named for the terrible massacre of Haitians in 1937, ordered by the Dominican dictator Trujillo. This production documents the struggle for economic survival amid the severe and increasing tensions along the border, as Haitians risk mistreatment when they cross into the Dominican Republic to work or sell."
  • Mending ways: the Canela Indians of Brazil 
         "This program documents the unique Canela way of life, focusing on their extraordinary bonding rituals and their conflict resolution skills they call "mending ways."
  • Unlocking language 
         "In this fascinating program, a diverse group of experts-an evolutionary linguist, a neurologist, a geneticist, a neuropsychologist, a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and an Oxford professor of communication-discuss the birth, development, and transmission of the mysterious phenomenon called language. Topics explored include language as an innately guided behavior in unborn babies, infants, and toddlers; the parts of the brain involved in language; the relationship between genes and language disorders; and the isolation of the Speech 1 gene."
  • Evolution 
    • [v. 1.] Darwin's dangerous idea (ca. 120 min.)
    • [v. 2.] Great transformations (ca. 60 min.). Extinction! (ca. 60 min.) 
    • [v. 3.] The evolutionary arms race (ca. 60 min.). Why sex? (ca. 60 min.)
    • [v. 4.] The mind's big bang (ca. 60 min.)  What about God? (ca. 60 min.).
  • Genomes Genetic roots of the human family tree
    "An investigation of the quest to trace the path of human migration over the past 100,000 years through Y-chromosome gene markers."
  • In and out of Africa
         "Story about Gabai Baaré, a merchant who brings wood carvings from West Africa to sell in the United States."
  • Masai women
         "An ethnographic view of Masai culture and society, focusing on the preparation of young Masai girls for marriage and life in their society. Probes, through a candid interview with an older woman, the feelings of the Masai women about polygamy and their inability to own property."
  • Ongka's big moka 
        "In Papua New Guinea, status is earned by giving things away rather than acquiring them. Explores the Moka, a ceremony in which people give gifts to members of other tribes. The larger the gift, the greater the victory over the recipient. Follows Ongka as he prepares for the giving of his Moka."
  • Coming of age
         "Chronicles the life and career of Margaret Mead, one of the most controversial anthropologists and fieldworkers of her day. Includes original footage from American Samoa, New Guinea and Bali."
  • Strange Beliefs
         "Edward Evans-Pritchard was the first trained anthropologist to do work in Africa, where he lived among the Azande and studied their belief in witchcraft. Later, he worked with the Nuer tribe in the Sudan. His work on witchcraft caused philosophers to ask how rational thinking could be defined; his study of tribal organization intrigued political theorists; his attention to the sophisticated religious sentiments of so-called primitive peoples has strongly influenced theologians."
  • Off the Veranda
         "Examines the work of Bronislaw Malinowski, who studied the people of the Trobriands, a group of Pacific Islands, altering the idea that native peoples were primitive savages."
  • Awa: a mother in West Africa
         "Portrait of a single mother in Burkina Faso, who supports herself and her six children by cooking and selling rice as a street vendor. Awa narrates her own story, interspersed with interviews of her children, illustrating the economic realities faced by women in the urban areas of West Africa."
  • Zhang's Diner
         "Filmed in Beijing, Mar. 2000-Nov. 2003, this film follows an impoverished Chinese couple who illegally move to Beijing from their rural hometown in search of a better life. Shows how they invest what little they have in a shabby diner and begin a new life. Presents many of the problems they encounter, such as the lack of a business license, a defective water and power supply, difficult customers, and even no customers at all. Uses the couple to represent the difficulties of China's rural residents who used to make their living in state run cooperatives, but who now find themselves destitute. Examines the problems of illegal job seekers in large Chinese cities, who have no basic security and are often harassed by the local police."

Acquired 2004-2005

  • Teotihuacan 
          "This program dramatizes the history of Teotihuacán through reenactments of the everyday life of its multicultural inhabitants. Traces the events leading to its eventual rise to dominance as the stronghold of Aztec rule in Central Mexico and the city's abandonment in the face of barbarian invasions by tribes from the north."
  • Chichen Itza: At the Mouth of the Well
           "The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with later elements from central Mexico makes Chichén Itzá one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatán. In this program, archaeological footage and computer re-creations spotlight prominent locations in the city, including the imposing Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Warriors, the circular observatory known as El Caracol, the largest ball court in Mesoamerica, and the Well of Sacrifice, a sacred water-filled cenote into which votive offerings and human sacrifices were cast."
  • Mesoamerica: The Rise and Fall
         "Filmed on location in central and southern Mexico, this program touches on the Mayan, Toltec, and Aztec cultures and a civilization that preceded them all at a city dubbed Teotihuacán by Nahuatl-speakers centuries after its fall"--Container.
  • The Iceman
          "The discovery in the Alps of a 5300-year-old corpse, perfectly preserved by five millennia of ice, allowed a rare glimpse into the daily life of Stone Age man: his diet, his clothing, and way of life. This program follows scientists and archaeologists as they analyze his hair, clothing, and stomach to uncover clues to how our ancestors lived and died. The program offers a fascinating glimpse into one of the archaeological finds of the century."--Container.
  • Global Eating: Learning from other Cultures
         " Obesity is almost unique to the United States. Why do so many other countries have a great love for food but not the problem with obesity? Studies foods that are basic in other countries, such as olive oil, soybeans, and other foods from greens to ramen noodles. Looks at food habits in Greece, China, Japan, Thialand, and Mexico."
  • Native American Spirituality
         " Discusses the spiritual heritage of Native Americans, and shows how beliefs changed as their societies evolved. "
  • Peopling of the Americas
         " Dicusses the origins of people in the Americas."
  • Strange Disappearance of the Anasazi
         "This documentary explores the antiquities, dwellings, history, and origins of the Anasazi and their disappearance from the American Southwest."
  • Arranged Marriages
         "For much of history and for many people today, marriage has nothing to do with love and romance. Instead marriages are arranged by families and matchmakers who place primary importance on suitability and financial gain."
  • Bugs for Breakfast
         " Multicultural look at how we eat. Illustrates that how we view food is learned. Explains that there are no universal food customs nor dietary restrictions. What one refuses to eat is a symbol of social identity."
  • Cure from the Crypt 
         "When a crypt containing 200 extraordinarily preserved bodies was discovered in 1994 in the Hungarian town of Vac, it caught the interest of a scientist fighting tuberculosis on the other side of the globe. This program presents the fascinating story of Professor Mark Spigelman, an Australian surgeon turned archaeologist who is using ancient DNA to contend with the biggest bacterial killer in the world today. In what many call the post-antibiotic era, Spigelman's unique genetic research has yielded encouraging results: all the tubercular mummies were missing a TB-resistant gene in their genome; those mummies without TB had the gene."


Last modified: 12/15/2011 3:19 PM by M. Potter

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