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Face Values. Part 5: Moving Through Life

Synopsis
The series attempts to present social anthropology to a wide audience and aims to show the basic similarities between people of different cultures and to suggest, through the deployment of material from Britain, that anthropological concerns apply as much to ‘ourselves’ as to other peoples.
This film shows the ceremonies surrounding people who are moving from one social state to another. The programme is structured around the ideas of Van Gennep concerning the functional role of rites on passage for individuals and society. Contains footage from a circumcision ceremony on Chole Island, a gypsy marriage in Los Angeles, a ‘banging-out’ ceremony at a Birmingham printers as a young man finishes his apprenticeship and a funeral in Bali. The religious belief and practices of the Balinese are discussed by anthropologist Anthony Forge *RAI
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 50 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1978
Availability
Hire
Notes
Not on RAI list published Jan 1995.
Documentation
'Face values’, edited by Anne Sutherland (BBC Publications, 1978), contains ethnographic accounts of each of the relevant societies, written by anthropologists who have worked with the people concerned and who collaborated on the film series.
Keywords
Bali; ceremonies; gypsies; social anthropology; Tanzania

Credits

Director
David Cordingley
Contributor
Jean La Fontaine; Peter Ramsden

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

Email
sales@concordvideo.co.uk
Web
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01473 726012
Fax
01473 274531
Address
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