Documentary Filmmaking as Colonialist Propaganda and Cinefeminist Intervention : Mai Zettterling's Of Seals and Men (1979)

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Documentary Filmmaking as Colonialist Propaganda and Cinefeminist Intervention : Mai Zettterling's Of Seals and Men (1979)
Author Larsson, Mariah ; Westerstahl Stenport, Anna
Date 2015
English abstract
This essay focuses on UK-based Swedish filmmaker Mai Zetterling's made-for-television documentary Of Seals and Men (1979). Zetterling is known internationally as an art-film auteur, and this examination seeks to broaden her stature in the context of the UK and Europe-based cinefeminsim movements of the 1970s. The authors argue that Of Seals and Men constitutes a significant and overlooked artifact in the history of colonial Greenlandic-Danish relations, as it focuses on the controversy of the Green-landic seal hunt and was financed as a propaganda vehicle by the Danish government and the Greenland Trade Department. The article draws on extensive archival research and references Zetterling's production notebooks and correspondence as well as official communication by the Royal Greenland Trade Department.
DOI https://doi.org/10.2979/filmhistory.27.4.106 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Indiana Univ Press
Host/Issue Film History: an International Journal;4
Volume 27
ISSN 0892-2160
Pages 106-129
Language eng (iso)
Subject Mai Zetterling
women directors
Greenland
Denmark
Arctic
polar film
Wally Herbert
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27383 Permalink to this page
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