Documentary Series

Documenary Series
Documenary Series

Welcome to Perspectives in Anthropology’s Online Documentary Series. This portion of the website is dedicated to featuring Podcasts, Videocasts and contains a list of links to websites for other films on anthropology. Many of the scholars, intellectuals and featured guests here have made tremendous contributions in their respective fields. Some of the topics covered include politics, history, gender relations, kinship, social conflict, philosophy and linguistics. Of course, this is a work in progress and this list will expand in time.


Aihwah Ong at the UBC Center for Cross Faculty Inquiry – 2008

Slovoj Zizek – The Ideology of Violence – 2008

Claude Lévi-Strauss-The Birth of Historical Societies
Link to Book-Tristes Tropiques

What can we do with Anthropology?


Strangers Abroad Series:
W.H.Rivers-We are all Relatives
Franz Boas-The Shackles of Tradition
Edward Evans-Pritchard-Strange Beliefs
Margaret Mead-The Coming of Age

Michel Foucault – The Lost Interview

Judge Rahima Razai – Interview from Kabul, Afghanistan

Noam Chomsky – The Concept of Language

Ivan Van Sertima – Little Known African Achievements

Clifford Geertz – Interview Part 1
Clifford Geertz – Interview Part 2

Jean and John Camaroff – Interview Part 1
Jean and John Camaroff – Interview Part 2

Mary Douglas – Interview Part 1
Mary Douglas – Interview Part 2

Marshall Sahlins – The Culture of Material Value

Edward Said – Clash of Civilizations

Paul Rabinow-Lecture on Frazer

Keith Hart-Anthropology and Globalisation- Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Bronislaw Malinowski Biography-Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six

Link to Book-Argonauts of the Western Pacific

George Marcus-Contemporary Ethnography-Part One
Part Two
Part Three

James Clifford-Indigenous Cultural Politics-Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

The Samanthas-Women in India

Meyer Fortes-Tallensi Divination, Cambridge 1982

What is Anthropology?

Overdose: Next Financial Crisis

Feminism – Controversies, Challenges, Actions

Claudio and Orlando Villas Boas-The Tribe that hides from Man

IV World Economy and Brazil

Frustrated-Black American Men in Brazil

Medical Anthropology Careers

The College Conspiracy

PBS-Wide Angle: Brazil in Black and White

The Motivations to Move and Work Abroad

The Future of Healthcare Reform

Global Warming: Signs and the Science

Trafficking in Human Misery: Case Studies

Forty years in a Himalayan Village

Immigrant America: the High Cost of Deporting Parents

Spillovers of Unconventional Monetary Policy

Big Bucks, Big Pharma (Documentary on the Pharmaceutical Industry)

Brazil’s Middle Class Feels Pain of Recession

The World Tomorrow – Julian Assange & The Cypherpunks

BP and the Oil Spill

George Marcus – Contemporary Ethnography

Chile Divided: Pinochet’s Social Legacy

The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System

After Brexit: The Battle for Europe

Capitalism is the Crisis: radical politics in the age of austerity

Religion and the Market – are they in conflict?

Religion and the US Political Economy

The Women’s March on Washington DC – 2017

History of the Middle East

Marshal Sahlins on Anthropology

Crisis & Chaos: Are We Moving Toward World War III?

Daniel Miller presents the results of Why We Post

The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup 

Interview: Bill Gates – Cryptocurrencies 

Columbine Shooting – RETRO REPORT – New York Times 

Social Rebirth – together we can create a better world

Global Financial Crisis

Poisoning of Flint – BBC Documentary

2018 Doyle Symposium: Teaching and Learning for Reconciliation

The Yes Men – Documentary

The Invisible Empire: the KKK and Hate in America

National Geographic: How the Internet has Changed the World – 2017

Violence: An American Tradition

Fighting ISIS: Emmy-Nominated VICE on HBO (Full Episode)

Afghanistan War – 2019

Inside the Iraq War – 2015

The Mueller Report – A PBS News Hour/Frontline Special

Cambridge Analytica Uncovered: Secret filming reveals election tricks

How Corporations Ruined Food (Food Industry Documentary)

License to Farm – Official Documentary

Collapse (2009) – the Documentary

Brazilian Evangelical Christian Movement

How bad is the Crisis in Democracy? | The Economist

South Korea: The Silent Cultural Superpower – BBC Documentary

Coronavirus: how the deadly epidemic sparked a global emergency

Mozambique: “On Your Own”

Why the Coronavirus Recession is Unlike Any Other

America’s Great Divide – Part 1

The Emergence of a Third Party is Among Us


University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Anthropology – Free Documentaries On Line
CosmoLearning – Anthropology

Special thanks to Dr. Alan MacFarlane for many of the films in this series. For more information see:

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