ANDRÉ SINGER Anthropology, Genocide and Imagery
Anthropology, Genocide and Imagery
Following decades when anthropologists declined to tackle the subject of genocide or ethnocide head-on, it is increasingly seen as something that must be part of the anthropological and ethnographic remit. Communications has something to do with this re-awakening, as instant imagery is made available to both the scholastic community but also a general public. Having been involved in some capacity with three major cinema documentaries that looked at genocide from different perspectives [Night Will Fall (director); The Act of Killing (executive producer) and The Look of Silence (executive producer)] André Singer here is looking at how anthropology can interpret the abhorrent human behaviour behind the atrocities that happened in National Socialist Germany in the 1940s and Indonesia in the 1960s.
ANDRÉ SINGER – President, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, CEO and Creative Director, Spring Films Ltd (London), Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles).
André Singer was awarded his doctorate from Oxford University as an anthropologist specialising in Iran and Afghanistan. He has subsequently followed a twin-track career in both anthropology and filmmaking. His executive experience runs from being Series Editor of Disappearing World, to heading the BBC Documentary Department’s Independent Unit where he set up the Fine Cut series (later to become Storyville). He has worked as producer or executive producer on twelve films with Werner Herzog. In 2010 Singer set up Spring Films which has co-produced the award-winning films by Josh Oppenheimer The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. Last year Singer directed the feature documentary about recording genocide in the WW2 Concentration Camps called Night Will Fall. In 2007 he was awarded the Patron’s Medal by the RAI for his outstanding contribution to anthropological film.
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