Margaret Mead 2016 Overview

mead 2016The Margaret Mead Film Festival turns 40 this year, opening tomorrow, Thursday, October 13 with Jessie Deeter’s A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS, which follows the paths of two notable women in the aftermath of Tunisia’s Arab Spring. The event, a program of the American Museum of Natural History, will showcase approximately 30 nonfiction features before it wraps on Sunday, October 16. The following offers additional highlights.

drokpa_1000x500_dynamic_lead_slideMaking its world premiere at the festival is Yan Chun Su’s DROKPA (pictured), a portrait of Tibetan nomads; while Thor Anderson’s women-focused ZAPATISTA CHRONICLE appears as a work-in-progress. US premieres include: Aleksandra Maciuszek’s CASA BLANCA, which profiles a Cuban man with Down syndrome who cares for his ailing mother; Steven Feld and Anyaa Arts Kollektif’s JC ABBEY, GHANA’S PUPPETEER, about a unique entertainer and storyteller; and Christine Cynn’s SHOOTING OURSELVES, which employs multiple perspectives to reveal the global arms trade and its consequences.

underfire_1280x720_dynamic_lead_slideAmong the films making their first appearance in NYC are: Max Lewkowicz’s UNDERFIRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PFC TONY VACCARO (pictured), about powerful photos captured by a soldier during WWII; Corina Gamma’s SILA AND THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ARCTIC, about climate change’s impact on an Inuit community in Greenland; Idriss Gabel’s KOLWEZI ON AIR, on the efforts of independent television journalists to expose injustice in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Hilary Linder’s INDIVISIBLE, a look at the impact of immigration policies on children.

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