Three Documentaries from the Sensory Ethnography Lab

Three Documentaries from the Sensory Ethnography Lab

3 Episodes

Experience documentary as you never have before with these viscerally immersive works from Harvard University’s Sensory Ethnography Lab. Since 2006, the SEL, under the direction of Lucien Castaing-Taylor, has pioneered a radically innovative form of filmmaking that merges audiovisual experimentation and ethnographic observation to create mesmerizing meditations on nature, landscapes, and human cultures. Encompassing a hypnotic journey of three thousand sheep, an exhilarating oceanic odyssey, and a daring inquiry into the ultimate taboo, these stunningly kinetic films are bracing explorations of the world we live in.

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Three Documentaries from the Sensory Ethnography Lab
  • Sweetgrass

    Episode 1

    Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash • 2009 • France, United States

    An unsentimental elegy for the American West, SWEETGRASS follows the last modern-day cowboys as they lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana's breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for ...

  • Leviathan

    Episode 2

    Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel • 2012 • France, United States
    Starring Captain Brian Jannelle, Adrian Guillette, Arthur Smith

    This groundbreaking documentary is a bracingly vivid, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Filmed off the coast of N...

  • Caniba
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    Episode 3

    Caniba

    Episode 3

    Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel • 2017 • France
    Starring Issei Sagawa

    A provocative, deeply unsettling sensory experience, CANIBA reflects on the discomfiting significance of cannibalistic desire in human existence through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and hi...