Domestic Ethnography, Diaspora and Memory in Baba 1989



Domestic ethnography is a unique mode of documentary filmmaking practice where the film's main subject is the filmmaker’s family member/s. This chapter considers the function of domestic ethnography in a diasporic context through reflections on the production of Baba 1989 (2016), a short documentary film I made about my father’s memories of arrival in Britain in 1989 (from Iran and Germany) after four years of separation from the rest of our family. The discussion offers some insights into the underlying issues involved in recording family memories of displacement, through home video and oral testimony, and the implications of these practices for questions of identity and belonging, inside and outside the home.


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