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dc.contributor.advisorThornley, Davinia
dc.contributor.authorMetzler, Ryan
dc.date.available2017-07-12T21:49:10Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.identifier.citationMetzler, R. (2017). Creative Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Forging a New Path for Ethnographic Film in Aotearoa New Zealand (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7465en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7465
dc.description.abstractThis thesis envisions a new path for ethnographic cinema. While revisionist works challenge a colonial study that has invaded, marginalized, and catalogued the researched Other, my research recognizes film as a collaborative tool to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue. This thesis, in both practical and theoretical methods, interrogates the controversial history of visual ethnography in an effort to create more nuanced media that redefines the ethnographic objective outside of colonial and revisionist frameworks. The practical component of my thesis is a documentary production that profiles the works of four Māori artists who specialize in writing, carving, and acting. By applying staged artistic performances and Māori cultural practices into a documentary narrative, the film renders an artistic alternative for ethnography that dissolves the traditionally demarcated roles between the researcher and researched. This component of my thesis foregrounds ethnographic film as a medium to foster greater self-representation for Māori men and women who still seek greater media sovereignty in Aotearoa New Zealand. A subsequent written analysis and reflection of the film identifies key aesthetic and narrative elements that locates my film in a unique, culturally mediated space between Māori and Pakeha. First, I discuss the significance of a powhiri as a method to reveal and weaken the positional power of the filmmaker. Next, I examine how staged performance reevaluates ethnographic authenticity. Third, I discuss film’s potential to carry out Kaupapa Māori research. Together, these characteristics call for a new collaborative approach to ethnographic film that democratizes the ethnographic narrative and production process.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectethnographic
dc.subjectcross-cultural
dc.subjectmedia
dc.subjectdocumentary
dc.subjectmaori
dc.titleCreative Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Forging a New Path for Ethnographic Film in Aotearoa New Zealand
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-07-12T15:53:05Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineMedia, Film, & Communication
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
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