Youtube Ethnography: Mauritania

“Youtube Ethnography: Mauritania”
44 min, HD, 2011

An exploration of Mauritania culture and media through collage of Youtube material. Showcasing contemporary pop musics, wedding videos, cellphone recordings, television broadcast, and commercial work, this film showcases contemporary media creations and ask, how do we see ourselves? Compiled after a six month research trip to Mauritania, this piece draws on the style of “found” footage, through the eye of the cultural mediator, exploring the mutual confusion of translation of image and sound across cultural divide.