Film about Cape Town is being used to raise awareness, and to ask wider questions

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Academics have increasingly used video and other electronic methods to collect data and capture reflections from participants. But, until recently, it’s been less common to use film as way of disseminating the results of research. That’s beginning to change. Film can be a powerful way to share research findings with a broad audience. This is particularly true when academics are combining) the traditions of ethnography, documentary filmmaking, and storytelling. Film and cinema are increasingly being used in environmental humanities to complement–or challenge–text-based research. The filmmakers in the arts, sciences and humanities see potential in using the moving images within political philosophy, environmental politics, postcolonial studies, human geography, urban ecology, postcolonial studies, design and literature. An example of this is the film One Table Two Elephants. It is a cinematic ethnography created by two Swedish researchers and filmmakers Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson. Based on years of research in Cape Town, it was filmed in 2015 as part of a longer-term research and film-project. The documentary deals with race, nature and knowledge politics in Cape Town as part of the ways of knowing urban ecologies research project.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThe Conversation (Africa)
PublisherCreative Commons Attributions-Non Commercial-NoDerivs
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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