Three Documentaries from the Sensory Ethnography Lab
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.
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 ...
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...