Special Events

Margaret Mead Film Festival

Thursday–Sunday, October 23—26


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.