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Analysis Of Waiting For Harry

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‘Waiting for harry’, filmed in 1980, is about the funeral of Harry’s nephew. The film depicts a traditional aboriginal wedding Prepared by Frank, complete with tension, stress, and togetherness. I will argue that this ethnographic film encompasses the feeling of unity and involvement, pulling the audience into the film through various cinematic techniques. The film overall made me feel engaged and interested in the lives of the tribe members, and the ceremony that they perform for the deceased. The use of narration and subtitles further the sense of inclusion, an idea which was made important by Frank when he stated, “This film is for everyone”. This quote sets the tone of the film and is continuously represented throughout, through interactions between the Anbarra people, the anthropologist, the Northern Australian’s, and the audience.
The use of narration and translation plays a large role in the inclusiveness of the production for both Aboriginal people and English speakers. The title sequence and credits have been narrated by the anthropologist into the aboriginal language. This is critical because Frank often discusses the film production with the Anbarra and Northern Australian aborigines, encouraging everyone to view it upon its release. There is occasionally English narration throughout the film, explaining the events and progression of the funeral and Harry’s whereabouts. English subtitles are also provided during important aboriginal dialog, assisting the
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