Of Iraq's 39 collection entries, the most frequently occuring year of production was 2001, close to but predating the US coallition invasion of Iraq by two years. Many of these films seem to reflect escalating Western awareness of instability in Iraq. Of the 7 2001-made 'Iraq' films in the collection, some significant entries are US-made documentary films about the Gulf War of the 90s and the disarming of Iraq, a UK-made documentary film about the Middle East's attitudes to the US in a post-9/11 climate, and a small number of Iranian-made films that are fictional narratives dealing with Iranian/Iraqi relations.
ACMI Collection Content Analysis
I have just completed the task 'Research of the Collection Catalogue for the 90 assigned countries,' being the countries listed from Lebanon to Zimbabwe.
Although we decided at first to collect data through the advanced search feature on the ACMI Collection website (http://collections.acmi.net.au), Hugh pointed out that many items were excluded from the results when using this methodology. Hence, in order to not compromise the breadth of our research and analysis, we decided to collect data using two different columns in the spreadsheet. We have also decided to include a third column, as explained below:
1) Title Search
As previously agreed, the research for assigned countries used the advanced search, and the field 'Title and other titles.'
Small edit made to the country of production information that was given. 'India' had 490 films come up in general search, and 0 listed in the country of production data that was passed on, which surprised me. Upon looking up 'India' in country of production search, I came up with 154 results, which sounded more correct. I've made the correction on the spreadsheet, and am scanning for similar errors that may have occurred.
Having had a slow start to the project I feel that I am back on track, currently going through the Annual Report from 2006-07. I have developed a systematic way of going through the reports wherein I do keyword searches for the following terms: international; global; world; partner; worked with; collaborat*; co-produc*; tour; network. So far, this collection of terms has resulted in successful highlighting of international partnerships, collaborations, networks and interactions. In addition to this, after the keyword searches I have been reading through the entire AR to ensure I haven't missed any relationships.
I’ve been focusing on the initial task of using ACMI’s collection search engine in order to collate the number of films in the collection that relate in some way to each of the nations I’ve taken on (alphabetically, Afghanistan > Latvia). When I began this by searching by title, Afghanistan came up with 7 results. I then tried another type of search that is more generalised, and picks up on the search object ‘Afghanistan’ in titles, descriptions, synopses etc. This came up with 51 results, meaning that 44 titles that were not explicitly referring to Afghanistan, but dealt with the nation/culture thematically were being missed by the limited title search. From now on I’ll be using this method, unless problems arise.