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Thursday, October 13
 

7:00pm

Opening Night: A Revolution in Four Seasons
Jessie Deeter
2016 | 90 minutes 
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: Tunisia
US Premiere | Director in Attendance

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Tunisia was left with the formidable task of rebuilding a government in a deeply divided nation. The ousting of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his authoritarian regime was, perhaps, the easy part. Two women, journalist Emna Ben Jemaa and Islamist politician Jawhara Ettis, publicly envision two different dreams for the shape of democracy in their nation. They may disagree on issues of free speech and religion in politics, but Ben Jemma and Ettis find common ground in an urgency of moving swiftly and surefootedly in the critical post-revolution years, lest extremists seize power. This timely and insightful documentary traces their paths from public figures in the Arab Spring to opponents in its wake, and the common obstacles they face as outspoken women.

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Thursday October 13, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
LeFrak Theater

9:00pm

Opening Night Reception
Opening Night film PLUS reception with the filmmakers: $45 
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Thursday October 13, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Hall of Gems and Minerals
 
Friday, October 14
 

4:00pm

Mele Murals - Preceded by Island to Island

Tadashi Nakamura
2016 | 65 mins
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
Friday, October 14 | 4 pm | Program F16

Two renowned Hawaiian street artists follow different paths back to their roots, and their personal journeys collide with the recent resurgence of native language and tradition in Hawaii. Estria Miyashiro, who studied art in San Francisco and became an international graffiti star, comes home to reconnect with his culture; John Hina (a.k.a. Prime), a local icon of the Honolulu graffiti scene, returns to his art after becoming a family man. Collaborating with a group of Hawaiian youth from the rural community of Waimea on an ambitious mural project, their journey traces the arc of modern Hawaiian identity, the challenges of connecting with tradition in the face of modernization, and the transformative power of public art.
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Preceded by: Island to Island

Jacqueline Louise Hazen
2016 | 20 mins
Country Produced: USA
Country Featured: USA
World Premiere 
Friday, October 14 | 4 pm | Program F16

Oli is an ancient form of Hawaiian chant, and an integral part of the islands’ culture. With no written language, oli was the primary means of preserving oral histories, as well as a source of entertainment, even a form of prayer. This film tells the story of two men living in New York who are initiated as kahu oli(caretakers of the tradition) in a time when only a select few are fluent in its nuances.

Co-presented by the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History
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Friday October 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:45pm
TBA

4:00pm

Under the Clouds (Das Nuvens Pra Baixo)

Marco Antonio Gonçalves and Eliska Altmann 
2015 | 74 mins 
Country of Production: Brazil 
Country Featured: Brazil 
World Premiere | Directors in Attendance 
Friday, October 14 | 4 pm | Program F25

Carolina Maria de Jesus spent her life in a notorious favela(slum) in São Paolo. Her house was made of plywood, cans, and cardboard, and she supported her family by collecting and reselling paper. Her diary, documenting her difficult and violent daily life, was published as Quarto de Despejo and became a best seller in the 1960s. Meet five women in the Complexo da Maré slum in Rio de Janeiro, who draw parallels and contrasts between their experiences and Carolina’s. These women provide an invigorating depiction of life in the favela, subverting the usual themes of violence and male dominance.

Co-presented by the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York

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Friday October 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:45pm
TBA

4:00pm

Virtual Reality Lounge

Take cutting-edge virtual reality for a test drive and see how this new technology is transforming filmmaking. Experience the lives of nomadic cultures around the world and dive into the history of Cuban dance in this casual drop-in environment.

Gear VR headsets provided by Samsung.


Friday October 14, 2016 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Hall of Northwest Coast Indians

4:30pm

Casa Blanca

Aleksandra Maciuszek
2015 | 60 mins
Countries of Production: Poland, Mexico, Cuba
Country Featured: Cuba
US Premiere | Director in Attendance
Friday, October 14 | 4:30 pm | Program F6

In a small port town in Cuba, Nelsa and her son Vladimir, live in bustling multifamily home. Vladimir has Down syndrome and requires the full attention and care of his mother, a patient, elderly head of the household. But when she falls ill, Vladimir—a beloved member in his community who is gregarious and easily gets into trouble—is thrust into a new role. Forced to assume adult responsibilities for the first time and make his own way without his mother’s guidance and support, he struggles with the challenges and ultimately finds fulfillment in everyday chores and caretaking. A poignant coming-of-age film and an intimate family drama, Casa Blanca follows the long and universal arc of the mother-son relationship as it grows and changes.

Co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New YorkConsulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and ReelAbilities Film Festival

MARGARET MEAD FILMMAKER AWARD CONTENDER

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Friday October 14, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm
TBA

6:30pm

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race, and America
Daryl Davis, an African-American musician who has played with such icons as Chuck Berry and Little Richard, has an unusual hobby: in his free time, he enjoys meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. He also collects robes and other artifacts from some who have left the group and even active members who now consider him a friend, aiming to eventually open a “Museum of the Klan.” Crisscrossing the country to sit with Grand Wizards, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists, his journey amounts to one of the most remarkable series of interviews ever captured on film—a confounding and often deeply moving investigation of race relations at this heated moment in America’s history. At the heart of his intention is a central question: How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?

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Friday October 14, 2016 6:30pm - 8:15pm
TBA

6:30pm

Kolwezi on Air

Idriss Gabel
2016 | 72 mins
Country Featured: DR Congo
Country of Production: Belgium
NY Premiere 
Friday, October 14 | 6:30 pm | Program F15

In the Democratic Republic of Congo—a central African country of vast natural resources and a brutal history of conflict—independent local television stations embody the spirit of journalism, struggling courageously to document the difficulties of the country’s citizens. Nowhere is this altruistic drive to inform more pronounced than in Kolwezi, a wealthy mining city and the capital of the Lualaba Province of South Congo. There, reporters from RTMA, the largest local television channel, pursue stories with unbridled vigor and often at great personal risk. This fast-paced film mirrors the work of its subjects, encompassing hard-hitting political exposé, engrossing human interest, and crime drama.

Co-presented by the African Film Festival New York

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Friday October 14, 2016 6:30pm - 8:15pm
TBA

6:30pm

Zach’s Ceremony - Preceded by Petyarre

Aaron Peterson
2015 | 92 mins
Country of Production: Australia
Country Featured: Australia
US Premiere | Director in Attendance
Friday, October 14 | 6:30 pm | Program F29

Follow the life of an Indigenous Australian boy over six years as he moves toward a traditional initiation to manhood. Growing up with his father, cultural leader Alec Doomadgee, Zach is caught between two worlds: his urban Australian upbringing and his family’s Aboriginal roots. His mother’s absence looms as his ceremony approaches and Zach grapples with internal conflict stemming from his father’s plans for him, a desire to rebel, and an increasing need for clarity about who he is. Set against a backdrop of racial tension both inside and outside the Indigenous community, Zach’s story is an intimate, heartrending, and ultimately uplifting portrait of a young man struggling to define himself.

Co-presented by the Australian Consulate-General, New York

MARGARET MEAD FILMMAKER AWARD CONTENDER

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Preceded By: Petyarre

Viviana Petyarre
2016 | 25 mins
Country of Production: Australia
Country Represented: Australia
US Premiere | Director in Attendance
Friday, October 14 | 6:30 pm | Program F29

Delve into the art of the Petyarre sisters—internationally acclaimed Indigenous Australian artists—and see their vibrant paintings come to life. Viviana, a young woman visits her “nanas,” Gloria, Kathleen, and Violet Petyarre, and learns of their work’s connection to their home and culture. 

Co-presented by the Australian Consulate-General New York 

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Friday October 14, 2016 6:30pm - 8:45pm
TBA

7:00pm

Ladies First: Saudi Arabia’s Female Candidates

Mona El-Naggar and Adam B. Ellick
2016 | 38 mins
Country of Production: USA
Countries Featured: Saudi Arabia
World Premiere | Directors in Attendance
Friday, October 14 | 7 pm | Program F36

We may think we know what it is like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia. Women must all cover up in public. Women cannot drive nor can they travel without the permission of a man. Women are restricted in work, and study, and social activities. But Saudi women, like women anywhere, are dreamers and fighters, eager to have a voice. The New York Times’ Mona El-Naggar takes us inside the kingdom and introduces us to three proud and dynamic women, each determined to test the bounds of her society in different ways. The setting is a city council election in Riyadh, where in 2015 Saudi women were allowed to vote and run for office for the first time. While they could finally participate, though, they could not actually campaign in public. Ladies Firstoffers a riveting and intimate view of the complex and largely inaccessible world of Saudi women, chronicling this remarkable first effort of women to claim a place on the political stage of their nation.

Co-Presented by The New York Times

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Friday October 14, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

8:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! Meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festival-goers in our daily happy hour. 

Friday October 14, 2016 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Cafe On One

9:00pm

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
Max Lewkowicz
2016 | 79 minutes
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
NY Premiere
Friday, October 14 | 9 pm | Program F33

On the eve of the invasion of Normandy in 1944, 21-year-old American G.I. Tony Vaccaro felt a calling to photograph the day-to-day life of soldiers on the battlefield. “They said I was too young to do this,” he recalls, holding his finger as if taking a photo, then turning his finger to pull a gun trigger, “but not too young to do this.” In a year, he captured roughly 8,000 intimate and devastating images. However, in an effort to put the war behind him, he didn’t share these photos with the world until the 1990s—at which point they were celebrated as masterpieces by war photographers around the world. Trace his personal journey from an eager young soldier to a 93-year-old pacifist, and contrast his perspective within the frame of other photo journalists and contemporary embedded war photographers. 

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Friday October 14, 2016 9:00pm - 10:45pm
TBA

9:30pm

A Flickering Truth

Afghanistan has a long and complex history of film and filmmaking. The establishment of a National Afghan Film organization in 1965 precipitated a cinema boom that generated countless treasures that lasted until the rise of the Taliban. Because of the art form’s association with Western culture, the Taliban regime outlawed filmmaking and attempted to destroy the nation’s existing catalogue of cinema. Meet a small entourage of brave Afghan cinephiles who have hidden and preserved thousands of hours of film footage, both drama and documentary, that would otherwise be lost forever. Led by Ibrahim Arify, who was jailed for filmmaking under conservative rule, the archivists continue to face threats from radical Islamists for their efforts. Witness a story of devotion to film and a beloved cultural history.

Co-presented by Rooftop Films, the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association, and NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program

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Friday October 14, 2016 9:30pm - 11:15pm
TBA

9:30pm

Drokpa - Preceded by Nagarjuna Art School

Yan Chun Su
2016 | 79 mins 
Country of Production: USA 
Countries Featured: Tibet, China 
US Premiere | Director in Attendance 
Friday, October 14 | 9:30 pm | Program F9

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is a tribute to Tibetan nomads and their struggles with the pressures of modernization. The story is told through the daily lives and relationships of a diverse set of protagonists: Tamku, an 18-year-old single mother who began herding yaks at only 8 years of age; Dhongya, a senior herder who remembers the days before the Tibetan government privatized Drokpa land; and Yithan, a mother of two who encounters modern culture through television and her children. 

Co-presented by The Rubin Museum of Art

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Preceded by: Nagarjuna Art School

Ming Xue
2016 | 22 mins
Country of Production: USA
Countries Featured: Tibet, China
Friday, October 14 | 9:30 pm | Program F9

“One more student, one more piece of virtue,” says Choejor, a former Buddhist monk and the founder of a new school for Thangka art in Rebgong, a village in China’s Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Tibetan Thangka art, painted depictions of Buddhism, has a long tradition in Rebgong. Choejor aims to make Thangka culturally and economically sustainable by both furthering that tradition and upending it, accepting female and ethnic Han students who were historically prohibited from learning the form. 

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Friday October 14, 2016 9:30pm - 11:15pm
TBA
 
Saturday, October 15
 

12:00pm

Zapatista Chronicle
Thor Anderson
2016 | 88 mins | Work in Progress
Countries Featured: Mexico, Autonomous Zapatista Communities
Countries of Production: Mexico, USA
Work in Progress Screening | Director in Attendance
Saturday, October 15 | Noon | Program F30

Set at a Zapatista women’s festival, this vivid archive of the movement examines its history through the impact of the women who have driven it forward. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is one of the most successful revolutionary experiments in modern history. Comprised of thousands of civilians in the Chiapas region of Mexico, the organization has been in a declared state of war with the Mexican state since 1994, staging military uprisings and an ongoing campaign of civil resistance to advance its unique hybrid of Mayan indigenous philosophy and libertarian socialism. Illuminating the crucial role women have played in the EZLN’s development and women’s ascent in the public sphere, this film provides a fly-on-the-wall experience of a singular sociopolitical movement.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm
TBA

12:00pm

Train to Adulthood - Preceded by Famous in Ahmedabad

Klára Trencsényi
2015 | 79 mins
Country of Production: Hungary
Country Featured: Hungary
North American Premiere | Director in Attendance
Saturday, October 15 | Noon | Program F24

In 1948, the Communist leaders of Hungary built a narrow-gauge railway to be run entirely by a youth volunteer corps. This Children’s Railway still operates today, carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. The film follows the stories of Hungarian teens Viktor, Carkme, and Gergö as they coordinate rail signals, sing train songs, and seek refuge from the economic and political instability around them. The world of the Children’s Railway is festive, well-ordered, and nostalgic, while the broader Hungarian landscape feels uncertain and chaotic. The trainbecomes a metaphor for Hungary today, longing for the past while barreling toward the future.

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Preceded by: Famous in Ahmedabad

Hardik Mehta
2015 | 29 mins
Country of Production: India
Country Featured: India
Saturday, October 15 | 12 pm | Program F24

Ahmedabad is known as the kite capital of the world, home to thousands of gifted flyers, makers, and enthusiasts. Every year at the International Kite Festival, the sky becomes a mosaic of colors and shapes while the old city gathers on rooftops and terraces to enjoy the spectacle. Watch 11-year-old Zaid Khedawala and his group of friends stir up excitement—and a little trouble—as they search for the best flying spots in the neighborhood.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 2:15pm
TBA

12:00pm

Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase

In this special showcase, we present four exciting new ethnographic documentaries. In Lucas Bonetti's Fishermen Without a Sea, the viewer observes Rio de Janeiro’s fishermen and environmentalists as they try to maintain their way of life in the face of severe environmental degradation. Neta Alexander's Grounded takes us to a place where adults relive their summer-camp experiences and rediscover their identity without cell phones. In Matthew Cusimano's The Love Industry, a ghostwriter of online dating profiles and a wedding videographer reflect on romance in the digital age. In Angelo Baca's Shásh Jaa': Bears Ears, five Native American nations fight for their homeland to be designated a national monument.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Dr. Faye Ginsburg, director of the New York University Program in Culture & Media and documentary professor, Dr. Pegi Vail.

Co-presented by the New York University Center for Media, Culture, and History 

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA

12:00pm

Virtual Reality Lounge

Take cutting-edge virtual reality for a test drive and see how this new technology is transforming filmmaking. Experience the lives of nomadic cultures around the world and dive into the history of Cuban dance in this casual drop-in environment.

Gear VR headsets provided by Samsung.


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Northwest Coast Indians

3:00pm

Focus on Funding

Three well-respected documentary funders, who represent different perspectives in the film industry, come together to share their insights on fundraising for filmmakers.

Wendy Ettinger, Co-founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures
Dr. Leslie C. Aiello, President, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Mike Raisler, Creative Director, Cinereach


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Orientation Center

3:00pm

How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama

Leslie McCleave
2015 | 89 minutes
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
Filmmaker in Attendance
Saturday, October 15 | 3 pm | Program F32

Gospel greats The Blind Boys of Alabama have an amazing career—since meeting at a Talladega institute for the blind in the 1930s and creating a band, they have toured continuously, amassing five Grammy Awards, and universal acclaim. They soared through the golden era of gospel in the 1950s, experienced difficult times when rock ’n’ roll took over, and resurged with the Broadway hit “Gospel at Colonus.” Now approaching their nineties, they are as vital as ever, collaborating with musicians like Peter Gabriel, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Ben Harper. Follow their remarkable story over ten years on the road and in the studio.

Co-presented by ReelAbilities Film Festival

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:00pm

The Price of Peace - Preceded by Haka Practice

Kim Webby
2015 | 87 mins
Country of Production: New Zealand
Country Featured: New Zealand, Ngāi Tūhoe
NY Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 3 pm | Program F17

Follow the riveting case of Tame Iti, an Indigenous activist from the Ngāi Tūhoe community of Ruatoki in New Zealand, who is on trial for allegedly plotting terrorist activities. Are secret government surveillance and violent raids warranted on Maori resistance movements warrented? What does it look like and what does it mean for a government to truly apologize and make amends for generations of oppression? Iti’s legal struggle becomes a microcosm of the tension, conflict, and attempts at reconciliation between Māori communities and the government of New Zealand.

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Preceded by: Haka Practice

Desiree Barron-Callaci
2016 | 5 mins
Country Produced: USA
Country Featured: New Zealand
Saturday, October 15 | 3 pm | Program F17

Haka is a genre of Māori performance that is sometimes called a ‘war dance’—foot-stomping and body percussion combine with raised voices to create a vivid spectacle. Now, the haka is a staple of New Zealand rugby teams. In schools, private clubs, even on the national team, this dance is used to intimidate opponents and also to connect with Māori roots. Journey into a rehearsal of this complex rite.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:00pm

Walls
Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina
2015 | 80 mins
Country of Production: Spain
Countries Featured: Multiple
NY Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 3 pm | Program F27

Borders—how they are defined and guarded, who crosses them and why—occupy a tremendous amount of space in the current geopolitical calculus. Journey to four borders and the physical walls that mark them: between Mexico and the U.S., Spain and Morocco, Israel and Palestine, South Africa and Zimbabwe. These walls embody in many ways the relationships between the countries they divide; for the human beings living on either side, they are both potent symbols and outsized influences on their everyday lives. 

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

A Different American Dream
Simon Brook
2016 | 84 minutes
Countries of Production: USA, France
Countries or Cultures Featured: USA, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
US Premiere | Director in Attendance
Saturday, October 15| 5:30 pm | Program F8

On the edge of the Badlands in western North Dakota lies the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, home to 6,500 members of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. When the largest shale oil field in North America was discovered on the reservation, the explosion of industry brought sweeping changes to daily life. The landscape is now littered with oil wells, fracking towers, and toxic waste dumps and the average life expectancy on the reservation has dropped to an alarming 57, compared to 79 in the rest of the state. Some members of the tribe have profited from mineral rights, but this fleeting bubble of wealth, alongside widespread poverty, threatens to destroy the social fabric of the community. Follow the story of this upheaval and the remarkable attempts of some tribal leaders to save their land and the future of their society. 

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Saturday October 15, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
TBA

5:30pm

Salero - Preceded by Sonia's Dream (El sueño de Sonia)

Mike Plunkett
2015 | 76 mins
Countries of Production: USA, Bolivia
Country Featured: Bolivia
NY Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 5:30 pm | Program F20

Witness 4,000 square miles of pure white, stretched out in a radiant expanse—Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. For centuries, day after day, the only workers on the Salar have been saleros, or salt harvesters. Following the discovery of giant untapped lithium reserves under the salt flat, Bolivia is poised to generate a fortune from this newfound resource, thrusting the Salar into the modern lithium-mining industry. Moises Chambi Yucra, one of the last remaining salt gatherers of the Salar, grapples with the desire to maintain a multigenerational tradition while feeling the pull toward new prospects and opportunities for his family. Stunning landscape imagery, coupled with Moises’s thoughtful ruminations and candid insights from his wife and family, create a poetic inquiry into the nature of identity and change in the modern world.

Co-presented by Cinema Tropical

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Preceded by Sonia's Dream (El sueño de Sonia)

Diego Sarmiento
2015 | 14 mins
Country of Production: Peru
Country Featured: Peru
NY Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 5:30 pm | Program F20

Sonia Mamani lives on a small island in Lake Titicaca, along the southern border of Peru. As a teenager, she develops a passion for cooking that quickly outgrows her family’s modest career ambitions for her. In this energizing tale, Mamani turns her culinary expertise into a way of life—traveling the continent, teaching women how to prepare traditional dishes and appreciate their local customs.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 5:30pm - 7:15pm
TBA

5:30pm

Urmila: My Memory Is My Power

Susan Gluth
2016 | 87 mins
Country of Production: Germany
Country Featured: Nepal
US Premiere | Director in Attendance
Saturday, October 15 | 5:30 pm | Program F26

Urmila, a young Nepalese woman, frees herself from a childhood of unimaginable trauma with a fierce determination to reclaim her life and fight for the human rights of others. Sold into slavery at the age of six in her Nepalese hometown and subjected to brutal abuse, she emerges with a dream to end child slavery in Nepal. Now 21, she is working to become a lawyer, a stepping stone toward her broader ambitions as an activist. She finds parallels in her experience as a slave and an aspiring professional woman as the pressures of expectation and systems of control in her field leave her feeling stripped of agency. Fighting against these limitations, she manages to effect change as she works to get into law school. Follow her quest for justice, self-actualization, and autonomy as this politically charged and deeply personal story unfolds. 

Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York

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Saturday October 15, 2016 5:30pm - 7:15pm
TBA

7:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! Meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festival-goers in our daily happy hour. 

Saturday October 15, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Cafe On One

8:00pm

Exhibiting Culture: The New Lens of Virtual Reality

Viewing of Nomads begins at 7 pm

Nomads
 offers viewers intimate experiences with nomadic and seminomadic peoples through the emerging media platform of virtual reality (VR). Nomads can be seen as part of a longer history of cultural exhibition through previous “new” media forms, each of which helped enable the public’s exposure to our world’s communities: from nineteenth-century live displays, museum dioramas, or early cinematic portraits to TV and internet today. Our discussion explores VR’s place on this continuum and address the ways in which Nomads moves beyond "anthropology safari" or “touristic voyeurism” to connect viewers with our human community.

Discussion with:
Moderator: Alison Griffiths, Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College. Author, Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View
Félix & Paul Studios, Producers/Directors/Writers, Nomads. Virtual presence via Skype
Pegi Vail (Anthropology Consultant, Nomads series and Nomads APP co-writer)
Serah Shani (Anthropology Advisor, Nomads: Maasai)

Gear VR headsets provided by Samsung.

Free with any Mead Festival ticket stub.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Orientation Center

8:30pm

Gangbé!

Arnaud Robert
2015 | 58 mins
Country of Production: Switzerland
Countries Featured: Benin, Nigeria
US Premiere 
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30 pm | Program F12

Benin’s Gangbé Brass Band have been touring the world for 15 years, bringing their effervescent, high-energy brand of Afrobeat to audiences of all sizes and colors. But when they’re offered the opportunity to perform with Femi Kuti at New Afrika Shrine—a legendary club in Lagos—the Gangbé Brass Band seized the once-in-a-lifetime experience. The film follows their spiritual journey to the homeland of Afrobeat, where they perform, encounter their hero Kuti, and reconnect with friends and relatives. Through this experience they engage with the ideals of contemporary pan-Africanism and find themselves rejuvenated and immersed in a world of new ideas. Gangbé! is a story of a new and confident Africa, one that no longer aspires to the European dream, told through the lens of rhythm and musical fervor.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and the African Film Festival New York

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Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:45pm
TBA

8:30pm

Best and Most Beautiful Things

Garrett Zevgetis
2016 | 91 mins
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
NY Premiere 
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30 pm | Program F5

Michelle Smith is a bold and magnetic 20-year-old woman who is legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Coming of age in rural Maine, Michelle longs for intimate connection and adventure as she enters the adult world, both embracing and protesting her label as an outsider.  Michelle asks you to get ready for “good music, kinky stuff, a cute cat, romance, drama,” and to celebrate outsiders around the world alongside a boisterous spirit paving her own way in a small New England town. 

Co-presented by the New York University Council for the Study of Disability and ReelAbilities Film Festival

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Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 10:15pm
TBA

8:30pm

Yallah! Underground - Preceded by Thiaroye by the Sea

Farid Eslam
2015 | 85 mins
Countries of Production: Multiple
Countries Featured: Multiple
NY Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30 pm | Program F28

Through exuberant performances and heartfelt interviews, this film goes deep into the world of alternative Arab music before and during the upheavals of the Arab Spring. Singers, rockers, rappers, and music producers from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine grapple with conditions out of step with the freedom they seek—to make music in their own way without fear of repression by political or religious authorities. They seem driven less by anger than longing, while also aware of the power of music to transform. As one Ramallah musician puts it, “A bullet would make big sound, a song would make bigger, so I think it’s just switching from a gun to a guitar but the aim is the same.”

Co-presented by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU 

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Preceded by: Thiaroye by the Sea

Devin Thomas
2016 | 16 mins
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: Senegal
US Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30 pm | Program F28

A Senegalese woman living in the sprawl of Dakar pursues a career as a rapper against all odds. A generation ago, the culture reprimanded women for dancing, let alone freestyling. Footage from her music videos and stunning urban landscapes combine in the soft-spoken portrait Thiaroye by the Sea.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 10:15pm
TBA
 
Sunday, October 16
 

12:00pm

A Wife Among Wives

David MacDougall and Judith MacDougall
1981 | 72 min
Country of Production: Australia
Country Featured: Kenya
Sunday, October 16 | Noon | Program F2 

Recently digitally remastered in Turkana with English subtitles, this beautiful and influential third film in renowned filmmakers David and Judith MacDougall’s celebrated Turkana Conversations Trilogy was made over 14 months with seminomadic camel herders in 1970s Kenya. Through reflexive, thoughtful, and witty exchanges as they go about their daily lives, women make clear why they might want their husband to take an additional wife, turning questions about polygyny back on the filmmakers, all against the backdrop of a pending wedding. 

Co-presented by the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History

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Sunday October 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm
TBA

12:00pm

Farewell Ferris Wheel - Preceded by The Queen of Coney Island
Jamie Sisley and Miguel Martinez
2016 | 70 mins
Countries of Production: USA, Mexico
Countries Featured: USA, Mexico
NY Premiere 
Sunday, October 16 | Noon | Program F10

Mexican workers make up 80 percent of the labor force in the United States’ carnival industry, and for three decades nearly all of them have been recruited by one person using the controversial H-2B Visa program. New regulations have begun to put a strain on this arrangement, jeopardizing both the industry and the livelihoods of those who service it. Explore a nuanced, intimate view of this process and industry, where the search for better opportunities, the potential for exploitation, and the viability of struggling businesses collide.

Co-presented by Cinema Tropical

Plays with The Queen of Coney Island  

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Preceded by: The Queen of Coney Island

Lindsay Skedgell
2016 | 6 mins
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
NY Premiere
Sunday, October 16 | Noon | Program F10

For the past 45 years, Monica has sold goldfish at a colorful Coney Island shop. This Queen of Coney Island tells her story in a five-minute splash of imagery, interview, and propulsive soundtrack, capturing her struggle to adapt to social change and the spirit of this historic neighborhood.

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Sunday October 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm
TBA

12:00pm

Reindeer in My Saami Heart
Janet Merewether
2016 | 70 mins 
Country of Production: Australia 
Countries/Cultures Featured: Sweden, Norway, Sápmi
North American Premiere | Director in Attendance
Sunday, October 16 | Noon | Program F18

Inghilda Tapio, a Saami artist from northern Sweden, has followed an arduous path to become a voice for her community. Born into a nomadic reindeer-herding family above the Arctic Circle, Tapio was taken into a Swedish government program in the 1950s that required nomadic children to attend residential boarding schools in a misguided attempt at cultural assimilation. Inghilda was a part of this “stolen generation,” forced from her teepee home at the age of seven, separated from her parents, and thrown into unfamiliar Swedish customs. In the nearly 70 years since, she has built a long and illustrious career as a poet and activist, championing Saami language and culture through her vivid writings. Her story illuminates how one of Europe’s last indigenous populations is regaining its voice and fighting for its land and way of life. 

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Sunday October 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm
TBA

12:00pm

Virtual Reality Lounge

Take cutting-edge virtual reality for a test drive and see how this new technology is transforming filmmaking. Experience the lives of nomadic cultures around the world and dive into the history of Cuban dance in this casual drop-in environment.

Gear VR headsets provided by Samsung.

 


Sunday October 16, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Northwest Coast Indians

2:30pm

Bali 1928: Gender, Cross-dressing, and Androgyny in Archival Balinese Film
Join anthropologist and ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst for an afternoon of rare film footage and unearthed music from early 20th century Balinese dance-drama. Herbst’s archives project Bali 1928explores the conversation on gender and the fluidity of "femininities" and "masculinities"—an abiding interest of Margaret Mead's work. Through the lens of extraordinary film footage from the 1930s, we see gender-bending in performance roles—males performing as females, females as males, and androgynous performers. Learn how Herbst and his research team visited the families of singers, dancers, and musicians featured in the archive to gain insight into their remarkable lives. A Q&A will follow the conversation. 

For more information, please visit the dialogue page here

Sunday October 16, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

Belén
Adriana Vila Guevara
2016 | 94 mins
Countries of Production: Venezuela, Spain
Countries Featured: Venezuela, Ecuador, Puerto Rico
North American Premiere | Director in Attendance
Sunday, October 16 | 2:30 pm | Program F4

Belén was a musician and cocoa farmer in a small Afro-Venezuelan village. On the surface, she appeared to be a local phenomenon, revered in small circles for her deep commitment to community and positive acts. But her way of life resonates far and wide throughout her extended family of African-Americans, and the story of her life—and supremely ritualized death—has become a near-religious source of inspiration and motivation well beyond her humble origins. An unconventional portrait, refracted through memory and lore, pieces together stories of Belén’s everyday struggles, bamboo drumming, and beliefs surrounding issues of spirituality, gender, and race. Explore an inquiry into inspiration and a reminder of the potential impact of one human life.

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Sunday October 16, 2016 2:30pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:30pm

Damiana Kryygi

Alejandro Fernández Mouján 
2015 | 95 mins 
Country of Production: Argentina, Paraguay, Germany 
Countries or Cultures Featured: Argentina, Paraguay, Aché 
NY Premiere
Sunday, October 16 | 2:30 pm | Program F7

Over a century after the death of a 14-year-old girl, her community’s descendants and human rights organizations fight to provide her with proper Aché death rites. The child had been kidnapped by European settlers in southern Paraguay in the late 19th century. The contemporary struggle highlights the tragic relationships between colonialists and Indigenous populations, documented not just by her being taken and raised by her parents’ killers but also by her eventually being sent to an asylum where she dies of meningitis and never receives a proper burial. Still, the activists’ efforts to redress such historical wrongs offer a hopeful vision of the future of human rights.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Argentina in New York and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

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Sunday October 16, 2016 2:30pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:30pm

Seven Songs for a Long Life

Amy Hardie
2015 | 82 mins
Country of Production: USA, UK
Country Featured: Scotland
NY Premiere
Sunday, October 16 | 2:30 pm | Program F21

Six patients in a remarkable small hospice in Scotland share glimpses into their final days, fraught with feelings of fear, acceptance, grief, and love. Encouraged by the gifted nurse Mandy Malcomson, the patients, including Alicia, a retired midwife, and Julie, a 23-year-old with cancer, write songs and create music videos to tell stories for their families and the outside world. The songs are woven together with simple, unsentimental footage of everyday life inside the hospice, suggesting that all stories have different endings. The film affirms the importance of home, ritual, poetry, and music as essential to accepting the transience of life.

Co-presented by the British Consulate General New York

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Sunday October 16, 2016 2:30pm - 4:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! Meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festival-goers in our daily happy hour. 

Sunday October 16, 2016 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Cafe On One

5:00pm

J.C. Abbey, Ghana’s Puppeteer

Steven Feld and Anyaa Arts Kollektif
2016 | 55 mins
Country Featured: Ghana
Country Produced: USA, Ghana
US Premiere
Sunday, October 16 | 5 pm | Program F14

Ghanaian polymath Joseph Commey Abbey began building puppets in 1963, and has since built a singular 50-year career of music-making, puppet-making, and entertainment. Known simply as J.C. Abbey, he has performed on the streets of Accra, in Ghanaian villages, and on international television, using his marionettes to chronicle the music of his homeland since its independence with ethnic songs, dances, and stories. Part historical documentary, part long-form music video, the film features 15 of Abbey’s incredible performances interwoven with a soundtrack that includes both archival material and new original compositions. Through storytelling and a blend of highlife, Afrojazz, and reggae, discover the cosmopolitan politics that intertwine ethnic, traditional, national, and global musical styles in Ghana today.

Co-presented by the African Film Festival New York

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Sunday October 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:15pm
TBA

5:00pm

Shooting Ourselves - Preceded by The Silence of Nature

Christine Cynn 
2016 | 87 mins 
Country of Production: Norway 
Countries Featured: Germany, France 
US Premiere | Director in Attendance 
Sunday, October 16 | 5 pm | Program F22

Christine Cynn, co-director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Act of Killing, returns with a scathing examination of the arms trade, told through the personal stories of victims, soldiers, manufacturers, and activists from around the world. The conversation surrounding the weapons industry is too often relegated to the political and economic sphere—here, we meet real people and their interactions with weapons. The subjects turn the cameras on one another and themselves, engaging important questions about war, politics and the many unique human experiences that are deeply affected by a world in conflict. 

MARGARET MEAD FILMMAKER AWARD CONTENDER

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Preceded by: The Silence of Nature

Bushra al Masri 
2015 | 3 mins
Country of Production: Jordan
Country Featured: Jordan 
NY Premiere 
Sunday, October 16 | 5 pm | Program F22

Bushra, a Syrian teenager living as a refugee in Jordan, created this quiet tribute to the restorative power of the outdoors during a six-week film workshop. Featuring first-person narration and no score, Bushra tells the story of her brother’s death  and remembers their childhood together with tenderness. She longs, symbolically, to be surrounded by the color green.

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Sunday October 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:00pm

Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic

The concept of sila—a term that encompasses weather, balance, consciousness—frames a story in the world’s northernmost inhabited town of Greenland. Here, a tiny community of Inuit subsistence hunters and a team of polar scientists bear witness, in different ways, to the transforming environment. For the Inuit, drastic recent changes in weather patterns are spelling an end to their centuries-old way of life. As the international researchers track the effects of those changes on Greenland’s vast Inland Ice Cap and the far-reaching consequences they will have, the film weaves together distinct narratives to put a human face on a highly politicized issue. The specifically Greenlandic idea that weather acts as the conscience of nature informs a unique story at the frontlines of climate change. 

Co-presented by Imagine Science Film Festival

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Sunday October 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:45pm
TBA

7:00pm

Award Ceremony and Cuban Dance Party

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

Following the ceremony, enjoy a special screening of the virtual-reality film History of Cuban Danceand, in anticipation of the Museum’s upcoming exhibition about Cubabreak out your salsa shoes and join a dance party with instructors from Salsa Salsa Dance Studio, featuring music by Cuban-American hip-hop and Latin-beat artist DJ Broadway. The evening will conclude with an encore presentation of the Award-winning film.

Gear VR headsets provided by Samsung.



Sunday October 16, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Orientation Center

8:30pm

Award Screening
Sunday October 16, 2016 8:30pm - 10:15pm
TBA

8:30pm

Closing Night Film: Indivisible

Hilary Linder
2016 | 78 mins
Countries Produced: USA, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico
Countries Featured: USA, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico
NYC Premiere
Sunday, October 16 | 8:30 pm | Closing Night Film | Program F13

An intimate and urgently relevant depiction of the immigration debate and its impact on children caught in the crosshairs, this new documentary tells real-life stories of families who have been torn apart by federal policies. Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were all small children when their parents brought them to the United States—some looking for work, others fleeing violence—and undocumented teenagers when their parents were forced to leave the country. Now, all three haven’t seen their families for many years, and they are petitioning for waivers that would allow them to visit their families and legally return. They struggle with a daunting bureaucratic process, and inspire hope for the future while living at the center of a fierce national dialogue on the politics of immigration and immigration reform. 

Co-presented by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York

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Sunday October 16, 2016 8:30pm - 10:15pm
TBA