As someone who both makes and teaches visual anthropology, I have long decried how difficult it is to access and research ethnographic films. Back in high school I relied on the now-defunct Donnell Library to do a research paper, and I’ve yet to find anything comparable – until now. I impressed with the initial efforts of Alexander Street Press’s Ethnographic Video Online website. The site is clunky compared with other online video sites (Vimeo, Youtube, etc.) and the collection, while quite broad, is far from comprehensive; but it offers lots of classic films and some great tools for researchers, like the ability to create “playlists” and see a scrolling transcript of the film as you watch it. (Here is a playlist I made on “Denotified Tribes.”)
Till the end of August you can try it out for free with the username: “ethnography” and the password: “sneakpeek”.
(Thanks to Jayasinhji Jhala for the link.)