Directed by by Ernst Karel & Veronika Kusumaryati
2020, 78 minutes
An immersive marvel of sonic ethnography, Expedition Content draws on audio recordings made by recent college graduate and Standard Oil heir Michael Rockefeller as part of the so-called Harvard-Peabody Expedition to Netherlands New Guinea in 1961 to study the indigenous Hubula (also known as Dani) people.
In their nearly imageless film, Karel and Kusumaryati document the strange encounter between the expedition and the Hubula people. The work explores and upends the power dynamics between anthropologist and subject, between image and sound, and calls into question the whole ethnographic project.
Subjects & Collections
2021 Anthropology Cinema Studies Cultural Studies Directed by Women Education Indigenous Studies Political Science Sensory Ethnography Lab Sociology World History
Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - Berlin International Film Festival
Official Selection - Art of the Real
Loridan-Ivens/CNAP Award, Special Mention - Cinéma du Réel