The Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University was founded by Lucien Castaing-Taylor in 2006 as a collaboration between the departments of anthropology and visual and environmental studies. Cornell’s new faculty member, J.P. Sniadecki (PMA), studied under the SEL umbrella and will be joined by two of his colleagues for this special series. “Straddling academia and the art house, Mr. Castaing-Taylor and his associates and students at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard have been responsible for some of the most daring and significant documentaries of recent years, works that—not incidentally—challenge the conventions of both ethnographic film and documentary in general.” (NY Times) Sniadecki will introduce two of his films—Yumen and People’s Park—both of which offer unique views of two different regions in China. Leviathan provides a look at the fishing industry through a kaleidoscopic montage of under- and above-water footage and will be presented by Mr. Castaing-Taylor. Manakamana, depicts pilgrimages to a sacred Hindu temple in the mountains of Nepal, and was cited by NY Times film critic Manohla Dargis as one of her favorite films of 2013. The series is cosponsored with the Department of Anthropology.
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