Project Seventy is a work-in-progress interactive documentary constructed around seventy stories gathered from both Indian and British citizens. Now mostly in their 80s and 90s, these participants lived through the Independence process seventy years ago. It involves both sound and film recordings and will build upon previous collaborative research with Catriona Child, daughter of Ursula Graham Bower, anthropologist, filmmaker and resistance fighter in the period of Japanese occupation of the Naga Hills in the 1940s. I have chosen the i-documentary format for this project as it allows one to offer pathways through a series of non-linear connections between texts, stills and moving images. A central question will concern the nature of Anglo-Indian identity, which is clearly far from uniform, as the population is now scattered across the globe.
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About the speakers
Dr. Alison KahnAffiliation: Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Alison Kahn was trained as an anthropologist at the universities of London (MA) and Oxford (MPhil, DPhil). She works in both the media industry and in academia, lecturing on documentary filmmaking and production in the Film and Digital Media Production department at Oxford Brookes University. IDr Kahn integrates the use of audio-visual artefacts and digital media as tools and products of her research. Her area of study includes material culture and colonial and post-colonial discourses in India, focusing on the Naga and Anglo-Indian global diasporas.