The Autoethnographic Process: Screening of AKIRA (1988)

MONA FAKHRY

“An autoethnography lets you use yourself to get to culture” ( Pelias, 2003, p.372)

Cultural context is a central importance because it shapes my interpretations and experiences. Identifying as being apart of an Australian collective image, it is both material and also something that is part of a cultural imaginary that the process of autoethnography allows me to move away, and reflect from. As Ellis (et, al 2011) explains, “autoethnography is one of the approaches that accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist”.

I am saturated with the reference point of having conventional Western images structure my thinking and influence my experience of this film. Autoethnography, on the other hand, “expands and opens up a wider lens on the world, eschewing rigid definitions” (Ellis, et al, 2011) I have become accustomed to.

The city landscapes, neo-Tokyo aesthetics…

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