Applying Anthropology to Film Analysis

Grant Proposal
October 26, 2019
Oliver Twist
October 26, 2019

ANTH 439: Cultural Comparison Through Film
Description: A film analysis is not a review or summary of the plot, it goes deeper into analysis and reaction. In this
assignment, you will be using a theme or topic from anthropology to apply to the film analysis. What does the film
tell us about what it means to be human? Utilizing an anthropological theme can help understand the film, film as
a media, others, and ourselves.
Assignment:
• Choose and view a contemporary feature film (created within the last 15 years and not a documentary)
• Choose at least one of the following anthropological topics to apply to a film analysis
o Family/Kinship/Marriage
o Ethnocentrism
o Cultural Relativism
o Gender
o Race
o Identity
o Language
o Symbolism
• Write an essay that is approximately 600-1000 words including the following:
o Title of the film
o Short (meaning no more than 2 paragraphs) summary of the film
o Analysis of the film utilizing the anthropological topic. Utilize class material! (class films, lectures,
readings, discussions, additional material…).
§ How does the topic relate to the film?
§ What does the film tell us about the topic?
§ What does the film show about being human?
§ How do our behaviors inform, change, emulate, create… or affect our films we create?
§ How does the film inform, change, emulate, create… or affect our behaviors?
• Basically, what is real and what is reel? Take a look at how film affects reality
and how reality affects film.
Grading: This assignment is worth 50 points toward your final grade.
• Mechanics: 25 %;
o essay structure
o paragraph structure
o sentence structure
o citations
o spelling and grammar
• Short review of Film: 10 %
• Word Count: 5%
• Writing clarity 10%
• Use and connection with the readings and class material: 50 %
o There must be at least three clear connections to class material in the paper for a
passing grade (70%). Connecting to class material is not dropping in anthropological
jargon or the titles of a film. Tip: write as if your reader has no idea what anthropology
or this class is, and you are explaining how to view a film with an anthropological lens.
This is your opportunity to shine and show your understanding of the material.
Due: Post the final via Blackboard via Turnitin by 11/24 end of day.

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