B.A.T.A.M: An Ethnographic Film Produced by Johan Lindquist

“B.A.T.A.M” is an ethnographic film produced by Johan Lindquist. It presents stories of two women who live on the Indonesian island of Batam. Wati, one of the major participants of the interview is a young female factory worker. Another major participant, Dewi, who came from Java and used to work in an electronic factory, is currently working as a prostitute. The film primarily shows how the “multinational capitalism and migration interact in the shadowlands of globalization”. In my analysis, I will mainly dress on the critique of the film in terms of both the quality and the ethical aspects of the film as an ethnographical film. An ethnographic study aims to explore and analyze a particular group of people’s social practices, and establishes a detailed description of how that particular social group operates, based on the observation of, and usually the participation in, that certain group. The study is usually helped by the interviews and data collecting through the use of camera recordings. The ethnographic film is a method or a way of documenting and gathering the ethnographic data in the field work. It is also a medium, adopted by the ethnographer, to broadcast or convey the ethnographic findings or knowledge with the aim to present an interpretation of a certain social phenomenon or cultural understandings. (Yoshimizu, 2014). During the interview with Wati and Dewi, there are no interactions between the participants and researcher. Researcher neither asks questions nor provides responds to the participants’ views. In this process, researcher does not attempt to direct or restrict the topic. Instead, researcher allows the participants to freely sharing their views and stories in a natural way, following their own intenti... ... middle of paper ... ...o audience who watch the film. In this respect, the outcomes of the research are not authentic and convincing. The discussion made by those people who are willing to reveal the “reality” is made with a purpose. They are taking advantage of this powerful medium to reveal the potential problems and concerns of the society, and express their own perspectives and understandings of their own culture and life. Therefore, there may be biased or radical comments which influence the validity of the research. The point is that researchers themselves fully understand the purpose of their study. However, some participants such as those people who were randomly interviewed on the street didn’t quite understand the aim of their study. Therefore, their answers may not completely fulfill the research purpose, and this may also mislead the research, thus producing useless outcomes.

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