There are 27 feature films, 17 shorts and more representing 34 countries, including exploring voter suppression, refugees along the Southern border, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia including racecar driving, the promise of artificial intelligence, and a panel about collaborating with indigenous communities.
The 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival is next weekend, Oct 17-20, at the American Museum of Natural History.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Breaking the Narrative,” presenting stories that disrupt stereotypical representations of cultures, and include 17 U.S. premieres.
Tickets to any film or event include access to the special VR Lounge: Awavena in the Museum’s Starlight Café.
Here, festival goers will experience a stunning tale of metamorphosis in Lynnette Wallworth’s new VR piece, Awavena, created in collaboration with the Amazon’s Yawanawa community.
This year’s films shed light on contemporary culture through the work of filmmakers from countries across the world including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greenland, Haiti, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and South Korea.
With more than 26 filmmakers and protagonists in attendance this year, the festival’s post-screening discussions will allow audiences to participate in rich, engaging, and intimate conversations.
The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival was founded in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead, one of the first anthropologists to recognize the significance of film for fieldwork.
It is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles and by the forums for dialogue with filmmakers, invited speakers, and film protagonists.