Please note that this website is still a ‘work in progress’ and that a definitive version will not be available until the end of 2021. Until then all posts should be regarded as provisional and subject to correction.

 Silent Time Machine project publications

A light in the darkness? Assessing the films of the Matto Grosso Expedition of 1931 as ethnographic reportage (with Sylvia Caiuby Novaes and Edgar da Cunha). Currently in press.

Beyond observation : a history of authorship in ethnographic film. Manchester University Press (2020) The first two chapters deal with films of ethnographic interest made before 1940. Free download available here

From Vues to Ethnofiction : French Ethnographic Film-making before Jean Rouch. Visual Anthropology 33 (1) : 32-80 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1080/08949468.2020.1696126

Avant Jean Rouch: Le cinéma “ethnographique” français tourné en Afrique subsaharienne. Journal des africanistes 87 (1-2) : 34-62 (2017)

The first ethnographic documentary? Luiz Thomaz Reis, the Rondon Commission and the making of Rituais e Festas Borôro (1917). Visual Anthropology 30 (2) : 105-146 (with Sylvia Caiuby Novaes & Edgar da Cunha, 2017). https://doi.org/10.1080/08949468.2017.1276383

From Documentation to Representation: recovering the films of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. Visual Anthropology 26(2): 75-108 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1080/08949468.2013.751857

Thick Inscription and the Unwitting Witness: Reading the Films of Alfred Haddon and Baldwin Spencer. Visual Anthropology 26(5): 383-429 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1080/08949468.2013.834790

General & Multiregional



Premier catalogue sélectif international de films ethnographiques sur l’Afrique noire. UNESCO/Paris (1967)
This catalogue is the ‘classical’ source on ethnographic film in sub-Saharan Africa and it is downloadable here.

Middle East, Central Asia & Russia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

China, Japan & Korea

Arctic & adjacent regions

North & Central America, Caribbean

Amazonia and adjacent regions

Australasia & Oceania