Exploring Conservation and Human-Animal Relationships on Film

A series of film screenings held at the RAI on the 4th and 5th of November, continued the main themes explored in the RAI's ESRC Festival 2013 event: Conflicting Interests? exploring conservation and human-animal relationships.

ARCTIC HUNTERS – The Netsilik Inuit ‘People of the Seal’
Director: Quentin Brown
Anthropologist: Asen Balikci
Release: 1961

This classic ethnographic series reveals the lived reality of traditional Inuit life before European acculturation. The ‘Netsilik Eskimos’ of the Pelly Bay region in the Canadian Arctic, had long lived apart from other people and had depended entirely on animals, land and their own ingenuity to sustain life through the rigors of the Arctic year.

A selection of films and their relevance to contemporary conservation issues of Inuit communities will be discussed by anthropologist Hugh Brody, author of The Other Side of Eden: Hunters-Gatherers, Farmers and the Shaping of the World.


Director & Anthropologist: John Marshall
Release: 1951-2001

What do animals mean to the changing realities of former hunter-gatherer communities? Certain challenges faced by these communities in relation to National Park politics, conservation and tourism projects will be discussed using John Marshall’s, classical ethnographic film series ‘A Kalahari Family’ that documents 50 years of Ju/’hoansi (Bushmen) ways of life.

Anthropologist and filmmaker Hugh Brody will be drawing upon the films and his own work on the Khomani San (Bushmen) of the Southern Kalahari to discuss some of the problems arising for these communities in Southern Africa.


Take a look at photos from RAI's ESRC Festival of Social Science Events 2013 on Flickr!