Film Review: HENRY GLASSIE: FIELD WORK (Ireland 2019) ***

Festival Reviews

Henry Glassie: Field Work Poster
The worldwide travels and unique cultural finds of renowned American folklorist Henry Glassie are enthralling chronicled in this portrait by director Pat Collins.

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Henry Glassie and his wife are folklorists, the audience is told at the beginning of this Irish documentary that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  They have travelled around the world for field work, their last year spent in Bahia, Brazil.

What is a folklorist and what do folklorists do?

Folklorists—many of whom are members of the American Folklore Society or of similar associations around the world—live and work throughout the world. They include students, teachers, scholars, consultants, community organizers, educators, and public agency professionals. Folklorists’ interests range from local family traditions to transnational issues of ethnic conflict, from publications to public programming, from the performing to the visual arts, from everyday life to communities’ most special…

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