Margaret Mead Film Festival

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Activate: This Year at the Mead

Activate connection at the 2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival. More than 40 ground-breaking, international, nonfiction films and media present fresh cross-cultural perspectives. Honoring legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead, the festival reinforces our search for deeper understanding of the limitless diversity and complex texture that is human experience. Come for the long weekend of film screenings, conversations, parties, an installation by stop-motion animation artist Amanda Strong, and the new Mead Mixed Media Lounge where filmmakers, scholars, and thousands of audiences exchange new ideas. Come see what the Mead will activate for you.

The 2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival will be held October 19–22.

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Films in the Spotlight


About the Mead

The American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival screens documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. The Mead Festival has evolved with the times while maintaining its important history and has grown steadily to reflect the ever-evolving incarnations of storytelling, technology and growing access to communities near and far. The Mead Festival presents the best in documentary, experimental films, animation, hybrid works, and more.


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Phone and Email

Phone: 212.769.5305
Fax: 212.769.5329


Mead Festival Location

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St
New York, NY 10024




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