We are an anthropological digital video production unit at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Our primary focus is film production and research. The Film Unit draws upon the combined strengths of anthropologists, filmmakers, students, and community members.

We use the language of documentary video to explore issues of environmentally and socially responsible resource use that prioritizes collaborative community-based practise. The videos are an active research tool; a catalyst for conversation and for deeper enquiry. They are also end products - broadcast-quality videos for use in highschool and university classrooms, conferences, workshops, and film festivals.

Many of our films are accompanied by turn-key curriculum kits that fulfill BC highschool intended learning outcomes.




























Current Projects

Basketball Warriors - stories of aboriginal basketball on Canada's west coast. Basketball is a big thing in most coastal aboriginal vilages in British Columbia and Alaska. Every community has at least one gym where you can hear the sounds of the ball bouncing, kids shouting and screaming, and the swish of the ball through the hoop. This film tells the story of basketball players from Gitxaala Nation, the importance of the game, it's history on the north caost, and tales of big games past and present at the BC All Native Basketball Tournament held each year for more than 50 years in Prince Rupert, BC.

Equipment & Facilities

The Film Unit has a production lab in the Anthropology-Sociology Building. The lab is dedicated to core productions of the the Film Unit and the teaching of ANTH478 (when offered). The Film Unit has HD and SD digital tape camera kits that members of the film unit and associated members of the Department of Anthropology may use. Priority of use: (1) Core Film Unit projects (2) ANTH 478 projects (3) Film Unit member projects (4) Department of Anthropology member projects. Details on lab access and equipment bookings can be found on the services page.

Film Unit Membership

Interested in joining the FIlm Unit? Check our people page for details.
Ethnographic Film Unit
6303 NW Marine Drive Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1 charles.menzies @ ubc.ca