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“It made our eyes get bigger”: youth filmmaking and place-making in East London

Blum-Ross, Alicia (2013) “It made our eyes get bigger”: youth filmmaking and place-making in East London. Visual Anthropology Review, 29 (2). pp. 89-106. ISSN 1548-7458

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Drawing on two years of ethnographic research in London, this article describes how participatory youth filmmaking projects act as a deliberate intervention into young people's experiences of place and space. I propose that filmmaking can be understood as a means for young people to reconstruct and reimagine both familiar and unfamiliar spaces by utilizing the specific sensorial affordances of filmmaking. Acknowledging that producing a film is not only a technical but also a social, creative, and embodied process, I discuss how filmmaking mediates young people's experiences and invites them to experience a heightened perceptual attention to their surroundings by creating new forms of “sensing place.”

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Additional Information: © 2013 American Anthropological Association
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 13:39
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 20:45
Funders: Economic and Social Science Research Council

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