Ethnographic Film Screening and Q and A with the Director: Carlos Flores’ K'ixba'l (Shame)
22 Mar 2017, 18:00 to 22 Mar 2017, 20:00
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Carlos Flores, a visual anthropologist at Universidad Autónoma de Morelos (Mexico) will present a film he made with Rachel Sieder, Senior Research Professor at the Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City.
Following the discovery of an archive of videos recording popular trials organized according to “Mayan law” filmed by indigenous people in Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala, the author and researcher Rachel Sieder proposed a collaborative video project with indigenous mayors in the region. The context for this project was a region characterized by high levels of criminality and social violence, where the presence of state law was minimal or inexistent. This presentation discusses the possibilities and difficulties of this collaborative project and emphasizes the usefulness and uses of video in indigenous legal practices. It offers some theoretical reflections on a range of issues, including legal pluralism, indigenous video, modernity, alternative epistemologies, intertextuality and collaborative anthropology.
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