CAPTURED BY WOMEN is a one-hour documentary in four parts that focuses on film footage by two British women in the 1930s, in the film collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum.

The original footage, by Beatrice Blackwood in Papua New Guinea and Ursula Graham Bower in Manipur, India, is also available online here.

Captured by Women was produced by the anthropologist and filmmaker Dr Alison Kahn at The Oxford Academy of Documentary Film, in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum, and with the help of a grant from UK Film Council via Screen South.

As part of the project, Alison Kahn interviewed experts and family members relations of the filmmakers, and the film narrates the lives of the women as well as investigating their motivations in making these films.

The film uses the notion of magical transformation as a part of cultural translation through film to lead the viewer from the Pitt Rivers Museum’s cabinets to the objects, photographs, and finally the original film footage.

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