The Mead 2016 Films


Video Opening Night: A Revolution in Four Seasons Two women publicly envision two different dreams for Tunisia in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Video Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race, and America Sold out - An African-American musician interviews and befriends members of the Ku Klux Klan in a moving investigation of race relations... Video Belén A musician and cocoa farmer in a small Afro-Venezuelan village becomes a source of inspiration far and wide. Video Best and Most Beautiful Things Meet Michelle Smith, a bold 20-year-old woman—both blind and autistic— paving her own way in a small New England town. Video Casa Blanca A young Cuban man with Down syndrome grapples with new responsibilities when his mother falls ill. Video Damiana Kryygi Activists fight to provide a proper burial for a young Aché girl who was kidnapped by white settlers in Paraguay in the 19th century. Video A Different American Dream The shale oil industry booms on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, and tribal leaders fight to save their land and... Programs and Events Drokpa Enter the daily lives and relationships of Tibetan nomads as they struggle with the pressures of modernization and climate change. Programs and Events Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase Sold out - In this special showcase we present four of the newest shorts to come out of the Visual Anthropology tradition. Programs and Events Famous in Ahmedabad 11-year-old Zaid and his group of friends stir up excitement—and a little trouble—during the Kite Festival in Ahmedabad. Video Farewell Ferris Wheel Mexican workers in the U.S. carnival industry weigh opportunity vs. exploitation as they navigate a controversial visa system. Programs and Events Fishermen Without a Sea Rio de Janeiro’s fishermen and environmentalists try to maintain their way of life in the face of severe environmental degradation. Video A Flickering Truth A small entourage of brave Afghan cinephiles has preserved thousands of hours of this beloved cultural legacy Video Gangbé! A brass band from Benin takes a spiritual journey to Lagos, homeland of Afrobeat, and connects with ideals of contemporary pan-Africanism. Programs and Events Grounded Adults relive their summer-camp experiences and rediscover their identity without cell phones. Programs and Events Haka Practice Journey into a rehearsal of a Māori rite as performed by a New Zealand rugby team. Programs and Events A History of Cuban Dance An immersive virtual reality experience filmed on location captures Cuban dancers in action. Video How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama The Blind Boys of Alabama have a singular career spanning the ups and downs of gospel music in America from the 1930s to today. Programs and Events Indivisible Vivid and relatable stories of families caught in the crosshairs of our national debate on immigration policy Programs and Events Island to Island Two men in New York are initiated as kahu oli, caretakers of an ancient Hawaiian chant tradition. Video J.C. Abbey, Ghana’s Puppeteer Ghanaian polymath J.C. Abbey has a singular 50-year career of music-making and puppet-making, chronicling the music of his homeland. Programs and Events Kolwezi on Air A TV station in the Democratic Republic of Congo takes great risks to tell critical local stories.   Ladies First: Saudi Arabia’s Female Candidates Find out what it’s like to be the first women running for public office in Saudi Arabia Programs and Events The Love Industry A ghostwriter of online dating profiles and a wedding videographer reflect on romance in the digital age. Video Mele Murals Two renowned Hawaiian graffiti artists follow different paths back to their cultural roots. Programs and Events Nagarjuna Art School A former Buddhist monk with revolutionary ideas builds a school for Tibetan Thangka art. Programs and Events Nomads Experience the way of life of yak herders on the Mongolian steppes, Maasai in Kenya, and Bajau sea nomads living off the coast of... Programs and Events Petyarre Delve into the art of the Petyarre sisters and see their vibrant paintings come to life. Video The Price of Peace The riveting case of an Indigenous activist embodies the conflict between Māori communities and the New Zealand government. Programs and Events The Queen of Coney Island In a six-minute splash of imagery and interview, Monica tells her story of selling goldfish for 45 years at a colorful Coney Island... Programs and Events Reindeer in My Saami Heart A Saami artist from northern Sweden follows an arduous path to become a voice for her community. Video Salero A beautiful and nuanced perspective on the transformation of the world’s largest salt flat, in Bolivia, after the discovery of lithium... Video Seven Songs for a Long Life Meet patients at a hospice in Scotland who share the stories and feelings of their last days through song and film. Programs and Events Shásh Jaa’: Bears Ears Five Native American nations fight for their homeland to be designated a national monument. Video Shooting Ourselves Uncover the story of the arms trade through the lens of real people and their interactions with weapons. Programs and Events Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic Subsistence hunters and scientists in Greenland bear witness and offer insights from the frontlines of climate change. Programs and Events The Silence of Nature The video diary of a teenage Syrian refugee pays tribute to the restorative power of the outdoors. Video Sonia’s Dream (El sueño de Sonia) Follow Sonia Mamani as she takes her passion for Peruvian cuisine on the road, traveling the continent and teaching women how to... Programs and Events Thiaroye by the Sea A Senegalese woman, living in the sprawl of Dakar, pursues a career as a rapper against all odds. Programs and Events Train to Adulthood Follow three teens who seek refuge in the community provided by a railway in Hungary operated entirely by youth. Video Under the Clouds (Das Nuvens Pra Baixo) Five Brazilian women reflect on their lives in a Brazilian slum today vis-à-vis a best-selling diary account of a favela from the... Programs and Events Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro The story of a WWII G.I. and photographer helps us rethink the way we look at photo journalism and contemporary war photography. Programs and Events Urmila: My Memory Is My Power A young Nepalese woman overcomes unimaginable challenges to become a human rights activist. Programs and Events Walls Four international borders illuminate ubiquitous and contentious geopolitical issues between neighboring countries. Programs and Events A Wife Among Wives Recently digitally remastered in Turkana with English subtitles, a beautiful and influential film of renowned filmmakers David and... Video Yallah! Underground Journey into the musical subculture of the Middle East during the Arab Spring. Video Zach’s Ceremony An Indigenous Australian boy preparing for an initiation to manhood struggles to find his identity. Programs and Events Zapatista Chronicle Women play a crucial role in one of history’s most successful revolutionary experiments.