I have decide to take on a documentary on arrange marriages.
But what is an arrange marriage really?
An arranged marriage is not always a forced marriage.
The actual history of arranged marriage has been a part of the Indian culture for ages. A long time ago, the actual bride and the groom were not ask for their approval, and most times they were not informed about who their partner was. Nowadays they are supposed to be asked for their consent. Usually they are chosen with cultural practices like being chosen on horoscopes matching, background of their families and the amount of money they have.
Even in the 21 st Century, in some cultures, woman still do not have the choice or the freedom to voice their opinion on which they marry. This is an event that still occurs in 2014 and in many countries. (Cultural India)
This situation can be very scary for the woman because sometimes it does not work out that they get along with the new husband and his family. They can get beaten and out of pride or shame they will not get out of the situation.
The purpose of this project is to bring to awareness to the traditional processes that come with this cultural lifestyle and to show that sometimes it can work, sometimes it does not.
This practice is still very much a part of the Indian culture in the United States.
The research method I choose is known as visual ethnography.
The research project method used for this project will be visual ethnography. It is a part of quantitative research.
Let me explain…..
Visual Ethnography does use photograph, or video to be able to capture the people emotions, and what is really happening visually. It is a way of documenting and explaining what is happening with images, or video media instead of words.
According to Bruce Berg“It is important, however, to emphasize that visual ethnography is not purely visual. Rather, the visual ethnographer simply pays particular attention to the visual aspects of culture as part of his or her ethnographic efforts. Until recently, mainstream social scientists have been steadfast in their belief that the written word is a superior form for representing most types of data. Qualitative researchers use narrative accounts, interviews, fieldnotes, and the like, all of which are textually based.” (Berg)
The interesting part about making a start to this documentary, was that I am trying to get a grant for it. It was interesting as a foreign person to go through the writing of the grant, all the steps to consider.
It also gave the great pleasure to meet an incredible Indian family. I was privilege to spend quality time with them and be a part of their life. As I love a lot of cultures, it was very interesting to me to explore one that I did not know much about.