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Dr. Andy Lawrence

Andy Lawrence uses anthropology and ethnographic research methods to make films about quests and personal transformation, his latest work on this subject, One Long Journey is due for release later this year. In addition to the Freie University in Berlin, Germany Andy currently holds lectureships at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK and the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Andy is interested in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences.  He has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity in the UK and India. Andy studied social anthropology at UCL and visual anthropology at the Granada Centre before receiving his PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance from the University of Manchester.  Andy has been a professional filmmaker for twenty years and his many films on ethnographic subjects are distributed worldwide, including two with Documentary Educational Resources (for further details, see his production company website, AllRitesReversed at http://www.allritesreversed.co.uk/). He developed Filmmaking For Fieldwork F4F™:  www.filmmakingforfieldwork.co.uk as an educational arm to his work, concentrating on the development of filmmaking as a research method.