Loading…

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Thursday, October 17
 

7:00pm

Freedom Fields
A women’s soccer team fights for their right to play in post-revolution Libya.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/opening-night-film-freedom-fields


Thursday October 17, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

9:00pm

 
Friday, October 18
 

3:30pm

The Power of First Nations Filmmaking: A Tribute to Barb Cranmer
How can film empower a community and effect change? Join us for a screening of groundbreaking footage from First Nations leader and filmmaking pioneer Barb Cranmer ('Namgis), followed by a conversation about her profound impact on Indigenous storytelling, and the power of film as an act of resistance. Celebrate Cranmer’s work and explore her legacy, juxtaposed with contemporary Indigenous filmmakers who continue to use film as a medium for activism.

Friday October 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm

4:00pm

The Guardian of Memory (El Guardián de Memoria)
In the Juarez Valley, the question of genocide is not historical, but practical and legal.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/the-guardian-of-memory-el-guardian-de-la-memoria


Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:45pm

4:00pm

VR Lounge: Awavena
Virtual reality (VR) film provides a new medium for connecting with cultures. Experience a stunning tale of metamorphosis in Lynnette Wallworth's new VR piece, created in collaboration with the Amazon's Yawanawa community.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/vr-lounge


Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Starlight Café

5:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! With refreshments in hand, meet filmmakers, and share your Mead experiences with other festivalgoers daily in Café on One or Café on 4.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/mead-mixers


Friday October 18, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Café on One

5:30pm

Through the artist's lens
A series of four short films celebrates artists from around the world. Including Color, few know first-hand the personalities of colors like the artists at Kremer Pigments in New York City. Cuban Canvas, the bold vision of Cuba's young artists marks the line between art and life. Through supersized gold necklaces and clay Kopi skull caps, Indigenous Australian Maree Clarke enables people to actively reconnect with their cultures. A Woman Who Paints Thangkas, despite external pressures, Lutso does not give up on her trail blazing life as one of the first female painters of Tibetan thangka art.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/through-the-artist-s-lens


Friday October 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm

6:30pm

Collectively- Kartemquin (Unapologetic, Now We Live on Clifton, Winnie Wright, Age 11)
This collective opens with Unapologetic. Three young African-American women use their voices and power to combat Chicago’s long-standing history of police brutality and community violence against black women and girls. Immediately after Now We Live on Clifton will play. Witness the gentrification of a Chicago neighborhood in 1974 from the perspective of two elementary school students. The collective finishes with Winnie Wright, Age 11. A story of white working-class Chicago through the eyes of 11-year-old Winnie Wright.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/unapologetic
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/now-we-live-on-clifton
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/winnie-wright-age-11


Friday October 18, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

6:30pm

Taste of Hope
The union heroes of a French tea processing plant fight to operate a small co-op in a market oversaturated by huge corporations.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/taste-of-hope


Friday October 18, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

7:30pm

Border South
What can we learn about the lives of people journeying the 2,300-mile-long North American migrant trail through the artifacts they leave behind?

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/border-south 


Friday October 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:10pm

9:00pm

Massacre River
Pikilina, a 23-year-old Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent, scrambles to regain citizenship for herself and her children.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/massacre-river


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm

9:00pm

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
A Cree family seeks justice for the murder of their son while battling systemic racism against First Nations in Canada.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/nipawistamasowin-we-will-stand-up


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00pm - 10:45pm

9:30pm

In Stitches
 “Vernac” comedians in South African show how language is key to nailing the punch-line.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/in-stitches 


Friday October 18, 2019 9:30pm - 10:45pm
 
Saturday, October 19
 

11:30am

Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase
In this special showcase, we present five exciting ethnographic documentaries by emerging filmmakers. The films include Living with Grace, through races and Ironman competitions, Grace pushes back against cancer, exploring the kind of medicine that exercise can provide. Mong Kok First Aid, photographs, fluorescent vests, and gas masks are shared like precious family heirlooms alongside harrowing stories of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement. Refusing to let go, see how weaving lessons spark an elderly woman's memory while passing down Zapotec cultural legacy. Surface Layer, Ryan Salch reveals how eczema affects a person psychologically and physically through this autobiographical portrait. Tea for Taiwan, bubble tea has become a surprising tool for Taiwanese-American activists in New York City.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and anthropologists Faye Ginsburg and Pegi Vail, directors of the New York University Center

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/emerging-visual-anthropologists-showcase


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm

11:30am

Collectively - Appalshop: Stranger with a Camera, Evelyn Williams, Not A Daughter
In this collective Stranger with a Camera an Appalachian filmmaker examines the relationship between media-makers and the communities they portray in their work. Immediately after two shorts with play. Evelyn Williams, Evelyn Williams, now in her 80s, fights to protect eastern Kentucky from oil and gas drilling. Following with Not A Daughter, though he was once certain he would not survive his 18th birthday, a young trans boy in Kentucky tells his story of self-acceptance.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/stranger-with-a-camera
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/evelyn-williams
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/not-a-daughter


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 2:00pm

12:00pm

VR Lounge: Awavena
Virtual reality (VR) film provides a new medium for connecting with cultures. Experience a stunning tale of metamorphosis in Lynnette Wallworth's new VR piece, created in collaboration with the Amazon's Yawanawa community.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/vr-lounge


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Starlight Café

12:30pm

When I Walk (Plays with When We Walk)
As his MS begins to affect his ability to walk, speak, and see, Jason DaSilva is forced to learn new ways to navigate New York City and uses his artistic talents to thrive. Immediately after the film When We Walk will play (double feature). Jason Da Silva’s MS treatments and his dissolving marriage weigh heavily, but he is determined to be the best father he can be.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/when-i-walk
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/when-we-walk


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:30pm - 4:00pm

2:00pm

Represent: A New Lens on Museum Exhibits
Join anthropologist Monique Scott, Director of Museum Studies at Bryn Mawr College, on hall tours that explore the historical context of cultural exhibits and spark dialogue about representation, perspective, diversity, and inclusion.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/represent-a-new-lens-on-museum-exhibits


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm

2:30pm

Before Father Gets Back (Sanam mama dabrundeba)
Iman and Eva, two daughters of jihadists, reveal the daily lives of the families of ISIS fighters as they await their fathers’ return

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/before-father-gets-back-sanam-mama-dabrundeba 


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm

2:30pm

The Last Male on Earth
Meet Sudan, the last male rhinoceros of his species and a tourist sensation in Kenya.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/the-last-male-on-earth


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm

4:30pm

Collaborations in Cultural Storytelling: Renovation the Northwest Coast Hall
How can a museum in New York collaborate with First Nations communities across the continent to update and revitalize a gallery that first opened more than a century ago? How do we reckon with the past, highlight contemporary voices, and build towards a future that benefits us all? Delve into a conversation about the challenges and opportunities afforded by the renovation with the project co-curators—Nuu-chah-nulth artist and cultural historian Haa'yuups (Ron Hamilton) and the Museum’s Curator of North American Ethnology Peter Whiteley—along with the Museum’s Vice President for Exhibition Lauri Halderman and Kulapat Yantrasast, creative director of wHY design studio. This conversation is moderated by former Director of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York John Haworth (Cherokee).

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/collaborations-in-cultural-storytelling-renovating-the-northwest-coast-hall


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm

5:00pm

Easy Lessons (Könnyű Leckék): Played with short MAi: Life is not Honey
As Kaifa adopts Hungarian customs she reassures her mother in Somalia she still identifies with her roots. Immediately afterwards the short MAi: Life is not Honey will play, The social and economic impacts of climate change are ever-present when accessing clean drinking water gets in the way of getting to school on time.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/easy-lessons-koennyu-leckek
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/mai-life-is-not-honey 


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm

5:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! With refreshments in hand, meet filmmakers, and share your Mead experiences with other festivalgoers daily in Café on One or Café on 4.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/mead-mixers


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Café on One

5:30pm

Saudi Women's Driving School
For women in Saudi Arabia, a driver’s license is more than a certificate—it puts them on the road to independence.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/saudi-women-s-driving-school


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm

5:30pm

Made in Boise
Follow four surrogates experiencing the emotional and physical hurdles of being pregnant with someone else’s baby.    

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/made-in-boise


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:30pm - 7:10pm

6:30pm

Antonio y Piti (Played with Short: Land, Water, Life (Kipatsi, Nija, Añaatsi) )
The family that helped expel the rubber tappers who enslaved the Asháninka people 30 years ago steps up once again in the face of environmental disaster. Immediately after the short Land, Water, Life (Kipatsi, Nija, Añaatsi) will play. Asháninka of the Peruvian Andes pay tribute to their ancestors and the sacred Kapi river while protesting plans for dams that threaten their lives.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/antonio-y-piti
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/land-water-life 


Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 8:15pm

8:30pm

Black Divaz
Dressed in extravagant outfits and vibrant makeup, Indigenous drag contestants compete for the title of Miss First Nation

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/black-divaz 


Saturday October 19, 2019 8:30pm - 9:45pm

8:30pm

Hi, AI
On some level we connect with artificially intelligent robots as people. Can they—or should they—be our friends?

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/hi-ai 


Saturday October 19, 2019 8:30pm - 10:15pm

8:30pm

Runner
Run alongside Guor Marial on his journey from Sudanese refugee to world-class athlete.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/runner


Saturday October 19, 2019 8:30pm - 10:15pm

9:00pm

Wandering Souls
Can art create closure for a wounded nation? Forty years after the brutal Khmer Rouge reign, artists try with film and Bangsokol music.    

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/wandering-souls


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm
 
Sunday, October 20
 

12:00pm

Covered Up
Rachel’s questions about covering her hair after divorce reveal the complexities of ultra-orthodox Jewish views on this longstanding practice.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/covered-up 


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm

12:00pm

Eating Up Easter
The people of Rapa Nui are fighting for their cultural heritage, for job opportunities, and for an island clear of trash.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/eating-up-easter




Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm

12:00pm

VR Lounge: Awavena
Virtual reality (VR) film provides a new medium for connecting with cultures. Experience a stunning tale of metamorphosis in Lynnette Wallworth's new VR piece, created in collaboration with the Amazon's Yawanawa community.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/vr-lounge


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Starlight Café

2:00pm

Represent: A New Lens on Museum Exhibits
Join anthropologist Monique Scott, Director of Museum Studies at Bryn Mawr College, on hall tours that explore the historical context of cultural exhibits and spark dialogue about representation, perspective, diversity, and inclusion.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/represent-a-new-lens-on-museum-exhibits


Sunday October 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm

2:00pm

She Who Must Be Loved: Plays with short, Marielle's Legacy Will Not Die
Part detective story, part observational documentary, follow an intergenerational effort to piece together a complicated family history of an Indigenous Australian media mogul. Immediately after short Marielle's Legacy Will Not Die will play. In the absence of justice, activists and artists in Rio used Carnival 2019 to demand answers for the murder of Councilwoman Marielle Franco.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/she-who-must-be-loved
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/marielle-s-legacy-will-not-die 


Sunday October 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

Winter's Yearning
For the Greenland town of Maniitsoq, broken corporate promises inspire the community to discover alternative financial opportunities.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/winter-s-yearning


Sunday October 20, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm

5:00pm

Collectively in Conversation
Join the filmmakers and leaders of Appalshop, Kartemquin, and Pacific Islanders in Communications for a lively conversation about their work, their challenges, and how they are transforming nonfiction storytelling today.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/collectively-in-conversation


Sunday October 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm

5:00pm

Miguelito
Experience the lively world of Puerto Rican music as the mystery of an 11-year-old salsero’s disappearance unfolds.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/miguelito-canto-a-borinquen


Sunday October 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:45pm

5:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! With refreshments in hand, meet filmmakers, and share your Mead experiences with other festivalgoers daily in Café on One or Café on 4.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/events-dialogues/mead-mixers


Sunday October 20, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Café on Four

5:00pm

Let the People Decide
Activists in North Carolina fight against intimidation and disenfranchisement at the polls, as we see history repeating itself.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/let-the-people-decide


Sunday October 20, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00pm

The Wandering Chef (Plays with Supper for Dead Souls)
Hiking the Korean countryside, Jiho Im cooks meals for elders he meets along the way, with ingredients foraged from their own backyards. Immediately after, the short Supper for Dead Souls will play. Every year on November 1, Sardinia, Italy, honors those who have died by preparing an elaborate supper for dead souls.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/the-wandering-chef
 


Sunday October 20, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm

Award Ceremony
The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by anthropologist Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The Mead Award winner will be announced in a ceremony on Sunday evening.

Sunday October 20, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Wallach Orientation Center