chapter  3
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Film-making and Ethnographic Research: Paul Henley

Ever since they first became widely available almost a century ago, moving image cameras have had fervent advocates amongst ethnographers. However, since those early days, ideas about the precise role that moving image film should have in ethnographic research have varied considerably, partly as a result of technical developments, but more importantly, as a result of changing theoretical paradigms in social and cultural anthropology generally. Yet throughout the history of ethnographic film, certain issues have been the focus of recurrent debate. Of these, one of the most fundamental is the status of the' claim upon the real' that is implicit in an ethnographic film document (cf. Winston, 1995).2