Visual Anthropology

An attempt at a go-to list for documentary or semi-non-fiction films of an ethnographic bent.

  • Nanook of the North
  • Louisiana Story
  • Moana
  • Man of Aran
  • Tabu
  • Ala-Arriba!
  • The Mad Masters
  • Moi, un Noir
  • Chronicle of a Summer
  • On the Bowery
  • Come Back, Africa
  • A Kalahari Family
  • Acto da Primavera
  • For the Ones to Come
  • Orders
  • Dead Birds
  • Forest of Bliss
  • Trás-os-Montes
  • First Contact
  • Cannibal Tours
  • Cunnamulla
  • Casa de Lava
  • Ossos
  • In Vanda's Room
  • Colossal Youth
  • City of God
  • Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus
  • Araya
  • Sans Soleil
  • Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti
  • Let Each One Go Where He May
  • The Naked Island
  • La Terra Trema
  • Women from the Lake of Scented Souls
  • Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen
  • Come Back, Sebastiana
  • Ashik Kerib
  • María Candelaria
  • Life, and Nothing More...
  • The Goat Horn
  • Sopyonje
  • Pather Panchali
  • Fire Festival
  • Nothing But a Man
  • The Song of Ceylon
  • Blood of the Condor
  • Sicily!
  • The Wishing Tree
  • Through the Olive Trees
  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs
  • One Man's War
  • Too Early/Too Late
  • The Linguists
  • The Lion Hunters
  • Land Without Bread
  • The Wind Will Carry Us
  • Double Tide
  • Mother Dao, the Turtlelike
  • Black Harvest
  • Uksuum Cauyai: The Drums of Winter
  • Furuyashiki - A Japanese Village
  • It's the Earth Not the Moon
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy
  • Alamar
  • Secrets of the Tribe
  • Jaguar
  • To Render A Life
  • Trance and Dance in Bali
  • Sweetgrass
  • Tongues Untied
  • Leviathan
  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
  • The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia
  • Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
  • Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
  • Daybreak in Udi
  • Navajo
  • All My Babies ...A Midwife's Own Story
  • People of the Wind
  • Near Death
  • India: Matri Bhumi
  • Broken Rainbow
  • Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age
  • Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Latcho Drom
  • People of the Po Valley
  • Beauty Knows No Pain
  • The Brickmakers
  • Banks of the Nile
  • The Modern Jungle
  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
  • Ghost Town
  • Street Life - Living on Nanjing Road
  • Faust