Margaret Mead 2018 Overview

The 42nd Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 18-21

NYC’s American Museum of Natural History presents this annual event, which this year showcases more than 30 documentary features.


North American premieres at the festival include: Georgina Barreiro’s TARA’S FOOTPRINT, following four siblings in a sacre Buddhist village; Ljiljana Šišmanović and Davor Borić’s THE FLYING FRIAR, about a priest working to preserve Croatian music in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Helin Celik and Martin Klingenböck’s WHAT THE WIND TOOK AWAY, about two Yazidis living in a refugee camp after escaping from ISIS.


Mead’s US premieres include: Anja Reiss’ TRUTH DETECTIVES, on the use of technology to uncover human rights violations; Carmen Torres’ AMANECER (DAWN), which follows the filmmaker as she seeks out her birth mother; Kurt Reinhard and Christoph Schreiber’s CIAO BABYLON, on the vanishing languages of NYC; Marcia Mansur and Marina Thomé’s THE SOUND OF BELLS, on the significance of church bell ringers in Brazil; and Łukasz Borowski’s RUNNERS, about a treacherous ultramarathon in Poland.


Finally, NYC premieres include opening night film, Gemma Atwal’s STOLEN DAUGHTERS: KIDNAPPED BY BOKO HARAM; Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran’s THE GUARDIANS, about the struggle of Mexican indigenous people to protect their land, the migatory home of monarch butterflies; Tenzin Phuntsog and Joy Dietrich’s RITUALS OF RESISTANCE, a personal exploration of Tibetan resistance to Chinese occupation; and Charlie Samuels’ VIRGIN BLACKTOP, a look back at a skateboarding crew in Nyack NY in the late 1970s.

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