Francesco Dragone

Ethnographic Filmmaker

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Francesco Dragone

Francesco is an ethnographic filmmaker who has conducted extensive research across Africa, Asia and Europe through his documentaries and films using the research methods he learned while studying anthropology. As a holistic discipline, anthropology has given 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 it is not always possible to create a piece that stands 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 brings his wide set of both technical and theoretical skills to the table. His vast array of experience in directing, ability to engage with different editing styles, and his ten years of experience in the field all make him a valuable asset on any film set.

 

* 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.