Special Events

Margaret Mead Film Festival

Thursday–Sunday, October 23—26

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Themed Past Forward, the 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival—the preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural storytelling— will screen more than 40 documentaries and host multi-media installations and powerful special performances in its 38th edition at the Museum.

This year, the festival is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Let’s Get the Rhythm, a story of New York City hand-clapping games, and U.S. premieries, including Lynette Wallworth’s Tender, marking the filmmaker’s return to the Museum after a hugely successful tour with Corals: Rekindling Venus; and the latest film from the legendary Alanis Obomsawin, Hi-Ho Mistahey!, which follows the Shannen’s Dream campaign for First Nations youth. Other highlights include: Sepideh—Reaching for the Stars, which follows an Iranian teenager whose passion for astronomy must be reconciled with her family’s lifestyle and professional aspirations; Happiness, Thomas Balmès’s meditation on technological progress in Bhutan; Lisa Jackson’s How a People Live, which documents The Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw First Nation, who exhibited remarkable strength after being forcibly relocated from British Columbia in 1964; My Prairie Home (pictured) about transgender musician Rae Spoon; and Warwick Thornton’s documentary hybrid ghost stories, The Darkside.

The Mead is a rare opportunity to view new films that to illuminate the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures from around the world, while the Museum provides the setting for a deeper-level conversation and understanding.

Full lineup and details coming soon, visit amnh.org/mead for more information.