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ERIC Number: EJ837864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
More than Memories: Studying Home Movies and the Families Who Made Them
Uhrich, Andy
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n3 p339-343 Aug 2008
Unfairly viewed as poorly made and unwatchable, home movies actually constitute a wide variety of events and images that make them an invaluable and largely unexplored resource for scholars and researchers. The images captured in home movies--first birthdays, parades, vacations, family gatherings, etc.--were originally made by family members to preserve memories of joyous events. Outside of the private sphere, home movies become records of cultural heritage and memory, visual evidence of early childhood development, documents of family rituals and gender roles, and in the context of Home Movie Day screenings, among the most enjoyable and moving cinematic events one can attend. While over the last decade or so film scholars and moving image archivists have begun to examine the value, history, and meaning of home movies, they remain a body of primary evidence wide open to study from fields such as social work, anthropology, sociology, and history. In this article, the author talks about Home Movie Day, an annual event held in cities across the world that is considered as the best way to begin exploring the riches offered by home movies. Home Movie Day was started in 2002 by a group of film archivists for the twin purposes of highlighting the preservation needs of old home movies shot on small gauge film and creating a venue where people can screen and watch them, often for the first time in decades.
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Language: English
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