Francesco Dragone

Ethnographic Filmmaker

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Francesco Dragone

Francesco is an ethnographic filmmaker who conducted extensive research across Africa, Asia and Europe through his documentaries and films using the the research methods he learned while studying anthropology. As a holistic discipline, anthropology gave him the tools to analyze and portray the events he witnesses, combining his artistic aesthetics with a desire to capture real life moments through film.  

While is not always possible to create a piece that could stand alone as a visual ethnography* Francesco directs, produces, shoots, and edits independent documentaries with a particular orientation to biographic and experiential narration. With a strong knowledge of visual storytelling and narrative structures, Francesco will bring his wide set of both technical and theoretical skills, to the table. He will be a valuable asset on every project with his vast array of experience in directing, ability to engage with different editing styles, and his nearly ten years camera experience in the field.

* Ethnography, from Greek ethnos (ἔθνος) “folk, people, nation” and grapho (γράφω) “I write”.
Ethnography is the descriptive study of a particular human society or the process of making such a study. Contemporary ethnography is based almost entirely on fieldwork and requires the complete immersion of the anthropologist in the culture and everyday life of the people who are the subject of his study.