VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY LAB
A Visual Anthropology Laboratory has been established to capture the ethnographic nuances around important social issues
concerning everyday life of local communities.
The laboratory aspires to become the epicenter of documentation, projection and advocacy of anthropological insight at a national platform.
Arguing that visual representation is one shade closer to reality in comparison to the conventional ethnography, the presence of Visual Laboratory helps
in recording and analyzing history in a visual perspectiveas well as documenting visual imageries of present day life.
The visual medium is becoming important genre for unfolding policy initiatives and programme by Development planners and administrators.
Visual text and visual archives provide the necessary disciplinary insight in this direction for policy planning and governance.
Conceptualised, Edited and Directed by Avitoli G. Zhimo
A short film on the importance of letting the children be. "Sometimes a child's life should not, but be"
Beyond School is a short film focusing on the importance of letting the children live their childhood. The film was shot partly in Delhi and mostly in Zunheboto (Nagaland). This short film was conceptualised, and edited by Avitoli G Zhimo, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi. The protagonist Samria (5) and her sister (2) are being raised in New Delhi, the capital of India. The parents feel that their city upbringing should not deprive them of what it means to be free and unafraid and daring. Beyond School is an initiative to take them to their roots, letting them learn their school lessons from nature.
Note: None of the activities was forced on the children. There are no staged scenes except for narration. Dr. Zhimo followed her two children with video camera for one whole month.
Inspiration: Anthropology of Childhood; Visual Anthropology; ethnographic filmmaking.
Conceptualised, Narrated and Edited by Avitoli G. Zhimo
Short documentary film CO-EXIST : The case of a small hilly town Zunheboto.
"I grew up in this small hilly town; went to one of the best schools at that time. I was familiar with the sound of prayers that came over loudspeakers,
the worship hymns and the bells. But never heard of clashes. Yes there are differences and conflicts but nothing to do with one's faith; nothing to do
with who you worship, or what you eat. Time is slow here, it rains almost two-third of the year.. but the attitude and the hospitality of the people are