The 42nd Margaret Mead Film Festival
NYC’s American Museum of Natural History presents this annual event, which this year showcases more than 30 documentary features.
WHAT THE WIND TOOK AWAY
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.