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Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase

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In this special showcase, we present four exciting ethnographic documentaries by emerging filmmakers. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and anthropologists Faye Ginsburg and Pegi Vail, both of the New York University Graduate Program in Culture and Media, Department of Anthropology.

Con o Sin Papeles
Aria Zapata
2018 | 20 min | USA
Director in Attendance

The reality of the migrant workforce comes to light through the stories of its workers and the eyes of a labor rights activist.

Stephanie Schiavenato 
2018 | 8 min | USA 
Director in Attendance

Explore the lingering traumatic effects of family separation at the U.S. border through the story of a mother and son who migrated from Colombia.

Swim Lesson
Melissa Lefkowitz
2018 | 8 min | USA
Director in Attendance

What does it feel like to learn something new as an adult? Follow a novice swimmer over the course of one swim lesson.

Walking Backwards into the Future 
Anna Weinreich
2018 | 12 min | USA | USA, Kingdom of Tonga

An ancient design reimaged by Tongan artist Benjamin Work is projected into contemporary NYC and becomes part of a neighborhood’s vibrant landscape of street art.


Co-presented by Documentary Education Resources, the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History and the Social Documentation MFA Program, Film-Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz