Spring Proseminar: Sherry B. Ortner

Event Date: 

Friday, May 26, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 6020
Social Impact Without Social Justice: Film and Politics in the Neoliberal Landscape

SHERRY B. ORTNER, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UCLA

Many makers and producers of film and media hope to create some kind of social or political impact with their films. As with other kinds of entities that seek to "do good" (development projects, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy), these efforts often fail to achieve their desired results, and sometimes have negative consequences. The problem is not new but is exacerbated under various conditions of the world reordered under neoliberalism. These points are developed through a study of the work of one film production company in Los Angeles.