Not victims nor zoo exhibits: the film My Long Neck and listening to the 'other'
by Freya Higgins-Desbiolles; Antonia Canosa
International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (IJTA), Vol. 6, No. 3, 2018

Abstract: Shalom Almond's film My Long Neck is a gift to tourism scholars and teachers who want to raise social justice, social inclusion and empowerment in our work. Filmed in 2013 and resulting from the filmmaker's tourist visit to the Mae Hong Son area of Northern Thailand, this film turns the tables on understanding an area that has been subject to recent scrutiny as a site of 'human zoos'. The result is a documentary where the potential 'object' of the film, Maja, becomes a co-filmmaker and agent of interpretation of human circumstances. In this paper, we explore how the film provides both a 'voice' for a marginalised people as well as a more nuanced exploration of the lived experiences of a young woman trying to negotiate circumstances that impinge on her freedom and self-determination.

Online publication date: Fri, 06-Jul-2018

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