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Masks of Mer, The

Synopsis
The film Alfred Haddon made in 1898 in the Torres Straits, lasting for less than a minute, is the world’s first example of anthropological cinema. The MASKS OF MER tells the extraordinary story of this experiment and traces the masks worn in the sacred initiation ceremony Haddon filmed. Eaton’s film raises vital questions about authenticity and reconstruction and experiments with reproducing Haddon’s film version for public presentations, synchronised to the original phonographic recordings.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
ceremonies; Haddon, Alfred C; masks; religious rituals; ethnographic filmmaking

Credits

Director
Michael Eaton

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
37 minutes
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

Potlach Production

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.

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