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Christian Suhr

spirit possession cult. Perhaps Umm Omar was also, like Henley, asserting the value of cinematic realism and photographic documentation as sometimes being a more powerful standpoint for resistance to oppression than the fragmented and fragmentary techniques of montage. Ethnographic filmmaking and montage is an almost impossible yet necessary balancing act that occurs along this stretch between the visible and the invisible, the expressible and inexpressible; between witnessing those things that should be seen, disrupting the ways in which we have been taught to see

in Descending with angels
Christian Suhr

's methods of montage are helpful for developing an understanding of the shock effects of these YouTube videos, we need to look elsewhere to understand what happens in the vacuum of visibility that emerges beyond shock. In visual anthropology, many filmmakers emphasise the virtues of careful observation. Here the image is often appreciated for its mimetic, indexical realism, and for the way it shows us an abundance of visual details that are often otherwise left unnoticed. Yet several filmmakers and scholars have criticised this realist approach

in Descending with angels