Mead Film Festival: Friday

Friday, May 10, 2024

This four-day celebration takes place from Thursday, May 9–Sunday, May 12, and will present storytelling, documentary films, and live performances from diverse voices near and far.

Opening Night Film: Sugarcane 

7 pm | LeFrak Theater 
New York Premiere | Directors in Attendance

Close-up on Ed Archie NoiseCat's weathered face.
Image: Sugarcane

Saint Joseph’s Mission in British Columbia was one of over 500 so-called “residential schools” for Indigenous children in North America, designed to isolate children from their languages and cultural practices. Thirty years after its closure, authorities are finally ready to talk about what happened there. While investigators uncover craters of pain and abuse buried just under the surface, this film hints at a deeper journey—towards healing.   

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ICE COLD: The Untold Story of Hip Hop Jewelry

All Day | Griffin Exploration Atrium, Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation

Two clasped hands covered in bling—a large ring on each hand and multiple, shining bracelets and watches on the wrists.

This four-part documentary series serves as an exploration of one of rap music’s most elaborate forms of personal expression—jewelry. ICE COLD delves deeply into the cultural significance and craftsmanship behind hip hop jewelry, exploring its evolution from a symbol of status to a form of self-expression. In celebration of the Museum’s opening of Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry in the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery within the Museum’s new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, this documentary will be on view throughout the entirety of the Mead Festival.  

Please note: This film contains adult language that may not be suitable for children. Free with Museum admission.

Courtesy of Polygram Entertainment

Generous support for the Margaret Mead Film Festival has been provided by The Mead Trust.

A portion of the Margaret Mead Film Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Additional support for the Margaret Mead Film Festival is provided by National Geographic Documentary Films.