Appendix
British television documentaries produced in collaboration with ethnographic researchers
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Appendix: British television documentaries produced in collaboration with ethnographic researchers

This appendix provides a listing of documentaries produced for British television based on ethnographic research in which there was direct collaboration with the ethnographer who had carried out that research. Although I have gone to some lengths to try and ensure that it is comprehensive, I readily acknowledge that there may be some additional cases that I have overlooked.

In most cases, the ethnographers listed were academic anthropologists, though some were postgraduate students at the time. In a minority of cases, they were regional specialists who had no formal anthropological qualifications but who had carried out ethnographic research based on extended participant-observation among the social group who were the subject of the film. I have also included a few cases in which anthropologists with relevant regional expertise advised on films made in the same region, though not actually in the very same communities in which they had previously carried out prolonged ethnographic research.

There was also considerable variation in the degree of involvement of the ethnographer in the actual production, with some having the status almost of co-directors while others did little more than provide information and access in the field to the film-makers. But in the ideal-typical case, the ethnographic researcher was involved in all stages of the production: in the conception of the original project, on location during shooting and also, at least for a short period, during the editing phase.

The films are classified according to the year in which they were broadcast. Sometimes the information on this aspect in the sources is contradictory, so I have had to exercise some discretionary judgement on occasion. In most cases, shooting would have taken place one or even two years before the broadcast date. In all cases, I have used the term ‘director’ to refer to the principal author of the film, though in television parlance, particularly in the earlier years of this listing, the term ‘producer’ might well have been used to designate this role.

Series in the comparative format

Family of Man – BBC (1969–70)
Seven-part series directed by John Percival
Ethnographic consultants: Roger Ballard (Andheri, Northwest India), Thomas J. Larson (Hambukushu, Okavango Delta, Botswana), Andrew Strathern (Kawelka, Papua New Guinea Highlands).
Face Values/Other People's Lives – BBC/Royal Anthropological Institute (1978/82)
Originally a seven-part series of one-hour films directed by David Cordingley and broadcast in 1978.
Ethnographic consultants: Jeremy Boissevan (Malta), Patricia Caplan (Mafia Island, Tanzania), Anthony Forge (Bali, Indonesia), Anne Sutherland (California Gypsies), Terence Turner (Kayapó, Central Brazil).
Series consultant: Jean La Fontaine.
Later re-edited and released in 1982 as Other People's Lives, a series of ten shorter films aimed at educational audiences, each dedicated to a single topic within a single society. The general series director of this second version was Peter Ramsden, who had been the assistant director of the original series.

Series in the ‘one-by-four’ format

Title Director Ethnographer Group/place
Disappearing World – Granada Television (1970–93)
* films made by the Disappearing World unit but broadcast under a different title
1970–71
A Clearing in the Jungle Charlie Nairn Jean-Paul Dumont Panare, southern Venezuela
The Last of the Cuiva Brian Moser Bernard Arcand Cuiva, Eastern Llanos, Colombia
Embera: The End of the Road Brian Moser Ariane Deluz Embera, Chocó, Colombia
War of the Gods Brian Moser Peter Silverwood-Cope Makú, Vaupés region, Colombia
Stephen Hugh Jones, Christine Hugh-Jones Barasana, Vaupés region, Colombia
1972
The Tuareg Charlie Nairn Jeremy Keenan Tuareg, Hoggar Mountains, Algeria
The Meo Brian Moser Jacques Lemoine Meo (Hmong), Laos
1973
Dervishes of Kurdistan Brian Moser Ali Bulookbashi, André Singer Kurds, Iran
Kataragama: A God for all Seasons Charlie Nairn Gananath Obeyesekere Sinhalese, Sri Lanka
1974–75
The Mursi Leslie Woodhead David Turton Mursi, Ethiopia
The Mehinacu Carlos Pasini Thomas Gregor Mehinaku, Upper Xingu, Central Brazil
Masai Women Chris Curling Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Maasai, Kenya
The Kawelka: Ongka's Big Moka Charlie Nairn Andrew Strathern Kawelka, Highland Papua New Guinea
The Quechua Carlos Pasini Michael Sallnow Kamawara, Peruvian Andes
The Sakkudei John Sheppard Reimar Scheffold Sakkudei, Mentawei Islands, Sumatra
Masai Manhood Chris Curling Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Maasai, Kenya
1975–76
Mongolia
On the Edge of the Gobi * Brian Moser Owen Lattimore Khalka, Mongolia
The City on the Steppes * Brian Moser Owen Lattimore Khalka, Mongolia
The Kirghiz of Afghanistan Charlie Nairn Nazif Shahrani Kirghiz, Afghanistan
The Shilluk of Southern Sudan Chris Curling Paul Howell, Walter Kunijwok Shilluk, Sudan
1977
The Eskimos of Pond Inlet: The People's Land Michael Grigsby Hugh Brody Iglulingmuit, Canadian Arctic
Some Women of Marrakesh Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Elizabeth Fernea Marrakesh, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Saints and Spirits * Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Elizabeth Fernea Marrakesh, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
The Rendille Chris Curling Anders Grum Rendille, Kenya
Sherpas of Nepal Leslie Woodhead Sherry Ortner Sherpas, Nepal
Umbanda: The Problem Solver Stephen Cross Peter Fry São Paulo, Brazil
1979–80
Khyber* André Singer Akbar Ahmed, Louis Dupree Pathans, Pakistan, Afghanistan
Afghan Exodus* André Singer Akbar Ahmed, Rémy Dor Pathans, Kirghiz, Hazara, Pakistan
The Pathans André Singer Akbar Ahmed Pathans, Pakistan
1982
The Kwegu Leslie Woodhead David Turton Kwegu, Ethiopia
Witchcraft Among the Azande André Singer John Ryle Azande, Sudan
Asante Market Women Claudia Milne Charlotte Boaitey Asante, Ghana
1983
Inside China
Living with the Revolution * Leslie Woodhead Barbara Hazard Shanghai region, China
The Newest Revolution * Leslie Woodhead Barbara Hazard Shanghai region, China
The Kazakhs of China* André Singer Shirin Akiner Kazakhs, Xinjiang, China
1985
In Search of Cool Ground
The Mursi (reversion 1974 film) Leslie Woodhead David Turton Mursi, Ethiopia
The Kwegu (reversion 1982 film) Leslie Woodhead David Turton Kwegu, Ethiopia
The Migrants Leslie Woodhead David Turton Mursi, Ethiopia
1987
The Basques of Santazi Leslie Woodhead Sandra Ott Basques, France
The Kayapo Michael Beckham Terence Turner Kayapó, Central Brazil
The Lau of Malaita Leslie Woodhead Pierre Maranda Lau, Solomon Islands
1988
The Whale Hunters of Lamalera, Indonesia John Blake Robert Barnes Lamaholot, Lembata, Indonesia
Across the Tracks: the Vlach Gypsies in Hungary John Blake Michael Stewart Vlach Gypsies, Hungary
The Wodaabe Leslie Woodhead Mette Bovin Wodaabe, Niger
1989
Kayapo: Out of the Forest Michael Beckham Terence Turner Kayapó, Central Brazil
The Villagers of Sierra de Gredos Peter Carr William Kavanagh Central Spain
The Herders of Mongun-Taiga John Sheppard Caroline Humphrey Tuva, Central Asia
1990
The Mende Bruce Macdonald Mariane Ferme Mende, Sierra Leone
The Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea David Wason Annette Weiner Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
The Kalasha: Rites of Spring John Sheppard Peter Parkes Kalasha, North West Frontier, Pakistan
1991
Mursi: The Land is Bad Leslie Woodhead David Turton Mursi, Ethiopia
Mursi: Nitha Leslie Woodhead David Turton Mursi, Ethiopia
The Albanians of Rrogam David Wason Berit Backer Rrogam, Albania
Cakchiquel Maya of San Antonio Palopó Bruce Macdonald Tracy Bachrach Ehlers Cakchiquel Maya, Guatemala
1993
War
 Orphans of Passage Bruce Macdonald Wendy James Uduk, Sudan
We Are All Neighbours Debbie Christie Tone Bringa Visjnica, Bosnia
 The Longest Struggle John Sheppard, Tom Sheahan Michael Mahda Karen, Burma
Frontier – ATV/Central Independent Television (1980–?)
1980
People of the Barrio Brian Moser Caroline Moser Guayaquil, Ecuador
1985
A Small Family Business Brian Moser Stephen Hugh-Jones Vaupés region, Colombia
God Gave Us the Leaf Brian Moser Mauricio Mamani Altiplano, Bolivia
Women of the Middle East – Channel 4 (1982)
The Veiled Revolution Marilyn Gaunt Elizabeth Fernea Cairo, Egypt
The Price of Change Marilyn Gaunt Elizabeth Fernea Cairo, Egypt
Women Under Siege Marilyn Gaunt Elizabeth Fernea Palestinian refugees, southern Lebanon
Worlds Apart – BBC Bristol (1982–85)
1982
The South-East Nuba Chris Curling James Faris Nuba, Sudan
The Panare: Scenes from the Frontier Chris Curling Paul Henley Panare, southern Venezuela
The Raj Gonds: Reflections in a Peacock Crown Chris Curling, Peter Loizos Michael Yorke Gonds, South India
The Muria Chris Curling [anon.] Muria, Central India
A Connemara Family Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Hugh Brody Connemara, West of Ireland
1984
The Women's Olamal: The Social Organization of a Maasai Fertility Ceremony Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Maasai, Kenya
1985
Maasai Diary Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Maasai, Kenya
 The Prophet's Village
 Two Ways of Justice
 Two Mothers
 Two Journeys
 Nine Cows And An Ox
Under the Sun – BBC Elstree (1989–99)
1989
The Shaman and His Apprentice Howard Reid Graham Townsley Yaminahua, Peruvian Amazonia
1990
Feathered Arrows Jean-Paul Davidson Thomas Gregor Mehinaku, Upper Xingu, Central Brazil
The Women Who Smile Joanna Head Jean Lydall Hamar, Ethiopia
Left-handed Man of Madagascar Jeremy Marre John Mack Madagascar
Dust and Ashes Michael Yorke Michael Yorke Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, North India
1991
Two Girls Go Hunting Joanna Head Jean Lydall Hamar, Ethiopia
Marriage Egyptian Style Joanna Head Reem Saad Cairo, Eygpt
Eunuchs: India's Third Gender Michael Yorke Michael Yorke Mumbai, India
1993
Dreams From The Forest Jean-Paul Davidson Thomas Gregor Mehinaku, Upper Xingu, Central Brazil
1994
Our Way of Loving Joanna Head Jean Lydall Hamar, Ethiopia
Guardians of the Flutes Paul Reddish Gilbert Herdt Sambia, Highland Papua New Guinea
Nomads – Channel 4 (1991)
Kenya: Year of the Clouds Christopher Hooke J. Terrence McCabe Ngisonyoka Turkana, Kenya
Mauritania: The Wealth of Blood Ned Johnston Diana Stone Nouakchott, Mauritania
Siberia: After the Shaman Graham Johnston Piers Vitebsky Evenki, Russian Arctic
Fragile Earth – Channel 4 (1982–93)
1989
The Goddess and the Computer André Singer Stephen Lansing Bali, Indonesia
1993
Survivors of the Rainforest Andy Jillings Jacques Lizot Yanomami, Venezuelan Amazonia
Fine Cut – BBC Elstree (1990–94)
1992
Madame L’Eau Jean Rouch Jean Rouch Amsterdam and Niger
Forest of Bliss Robert Gardner Akos Östor Varanasi (Benares), North India
My Crasy Life Jean-Pierre Gorin Dan Marks Gangs, Los Angeles and Samoa
1993
Memories and Dreams Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Maasai, Kenya
Tempus de Baristas David MacDougall Paolo Piquereddu Urzulei, Sardinia

Other Series and Feature Documentaries

Title Director Ethnographer Group/place
1982
People of the Islands (Channel 4) Hugh Brody Hugh Brody Canadian Arctic
1986
On Indian Land (Channel 4) Hugh Brody Hugh Brody Gitskan and Wet'suwet’en, Northwest Canada
1989
The Storyteller (Bookmark, BBC 2) Jean-Paul Davidson Emilienne Ireland Waurá, Upper Xingu, Central Brazil
1990
Hunters and Bombers (Channel 4) Hugh Brody, Nigel Markham Hugh Brody Innu, Labrador, Canada
Scenes After A Revolution (Everyman, BBC1) Melissa Llewelyn-Davies Michael Stewart Translyvania and Bucharest, Romania
1992
Before Columbus (series, Central Independent Television) Brian Moser Stephan Schwartzman Various Native American groups in North and South America
1994
What Magdalena Said (Everyman, BBC 1) Michael Stewart Michael Stewart Rom, Czech Republic
1997
Royal Watchers (United Kingdom, BBC 2) Paul Henley Anne Rowbottom Various locations, UK
1998
Divorce Iranian Style (Channel 4) Kim Longinotto Ziba Mir-Hosseini Tehran, Iran
2001
Runaway (Channel 4) Kim Longinotto Ziba Mir-Hosseini Tehran, Iran
Fire Will Eat Us (True Stories, Channel 4) Leslie Woodhead David Turton Mursi, Ethiopia

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