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The Mead 2019 Films

Groundbreaking, international, nonfiction films and media present fresh cross-cultural perspectives.

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Event Opening Night Film: Freedom Fields A women’s soccer team fights for their right to play in post-revolution Libya. Thursday, October 17 Event Antonio y Piti The family that helped expel the rubber tappers who enslaved the Asháninka people 30 years ago steps up once again in the face of... Saturday, October 19 | Sold Out Event Before Father Gets Back (Sanam mama dabrundeba) Iman and Eva, two daughters of jihadists, reveal the daily lives of the families of ISIS fighters as they await their fathers’ return. Saturday, October 19 Event Black Divaz Dressed in extravagant outfits and vibrant makeup, Indigenous drag contestants compete for the title of Miss First Nation. Saturday, October 19 Event Border South What can we learn about the lives of people journeying the 2,300-mile-long North American migrant trail through the artifacts they... Friday, October 18 Event Collectively at the Mead: Appalshop Based in eastern Kentucky, Appalshop has been “making media in the mountains since 1969.” Saturday, October 19 Event Collectively at the Mead: Kartemquin Kartemquin celebrates more than 50 years of collaborative community media making, guided by the motto “democracy through documentary." Friday, October 18 Event Collectively at the Mead: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) PIC’s mission of “Preserving Our Heritage through the Language of Film” emphasizes the support and development of Pacific Islander... Sunday, October 20 | Sold Out Event Color Few know first-hand the personalities of colors like the artists at Kremer Pigments in New York City. Friday, October 18 | Sold Out Event Covered Up Rachel’s questions about covering her hair after divorce reveal the complexities of ultra-orthodox Jewish views on this longstanding... Sunday, October 20 Event Cuban Canvas The bold vision of Cuba’s young artists marks the lines between art and life. Friday, October 18 | Sold Out Event Cultural Activist—Maree Clarke Through supersized gold necklaces and clay Kopi skull caps, Indigenous Australian Maree Clarke enables people to actively reconnect... Friday, October 18 | Sold Out Event Easy Lessons (Könnyű Leckék) As Kaifa adopts Hungarian customs she reassures her mother in Somalia she still identifies with her roots. Saturday, October 19 | Sold Out Event Eating Up Easter The people of Rapa Nui are fighting for their cultural heritage, for job opportunities, and for an island clear of trash. Sunday, October 20 | Sold Out Event Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase In this special showcase we present five exciting ethnographic documentaries by emerging filmmakers. Saturday, October 19, 2019 Event Evelyn Williams Evelyn Williams, now in her 80s, fights to protect eastern Kentucky from oil and gas drilling. Saturday, October 19 Event The Guardian of Memory (El Guardián de la Memoria) In the Juarez Valley, the question of genocide is not historical, but practical and legal. Friday, October 18 Event Hi, AI On some level we connect with artificially intelligent robots as people. Can they—or should they—be our friends? Saturday, October 19 Event In Stitches “Vernac” comedians in South African show how language is key to nailing the punch line. Friday, October 18 Event Land, Water, Life Asháninka of the Peruvian Andes pay tribute to their ancestors and the sacred Kapi river while protesting plans for dams that threaten... Saturday, October 19 | Sold Out Event The Last Male on Earth Meet Sudan, the last male rhinoceros of his species and a tourist sensation in Kenya. Saturday, October 19 Event Let the People Decide Activists in North Carolina fight against intimidation and disenfranchisement at the polls, as we see history repeating itself. Sunday, October 20 Event Living with Grace Through races and Ironman competitions, Grace pushes back against cancer, exploring the kind of medicine that exercise can provide. Saturday, October 19, 2019 Event Made in Boise Follow four surrogates experiencing the emotional and physical hurdles of being pregnant with someone else’s baby. Saturday, October 19 | Sold Out Event MAi: Life Is Not Honey The social and economic impacts of climate change are ever-present when accessing clean drinking water gets in the way of getting... Saturday, October 19 | Sold Out Event Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die In the absence of justice, activists and artists in Rio used Carnival 2019 to demand answers for the murder of Councilwoman Marielle... Sunday, October 20 Event Massacre River Pikilina, a 23-year-old Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent, scrambles to regain citizenship for herself and her children. Friday, October 18 | Sold Out Event Miguelito - Canto A Borinquen Experience the lively world of Puerto Rican music as the mystery of an 11-year-old salsero’s disappearance unfolds. Sunday, October 20 Event Mong Kok First Aid Photographs, fluorescent vests, and gas masks are shared like precious family heirlooms alongside harrowing stories of Hong Kong’s... Saturday, October 19, 2019 Event nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up A Cree family seeks justice for the murder of their son while battling systemic racism against First Nations in Canada. Friday, October 18 Event Not a Daughter Though he was once certain he would not survive his 18th birthday, a young trans boy in Kentucky tells his story of self-acceptance. Saturday, October 19 Event Now We Live on Clifton Witness the gentrification of a Chicago neighborhood in 1974 from the perspective of two elementary school students. Friday, October 18 Event Refusing to Let Go (Duxh Benigulun) See how weaving lessons spark an elderly woman’s memory while passing down Zapotec cultural legacy. Saturday, October 19 Event Runner Run alongside Guor Marial on his journey from Sudanese refugee to world-class athlete. Saturday, October 19 Event Saudi Women’s Driving School For women in Saudi Arabia, a driver’s license is more than a certificate—it puts them on the road to independence. Saturday, October 19 Event She Who Must Be Loved Part detective story, part observational documentary, follow an intergenerational effort to piece together a complicated family history... Sunday, October 20 Event Stranger with a Camera An Appalachian filmmaker examines the relationship between media-makers and the communities they portray in their work. Saturday, October 19 Event Supper for Dead Souls (La cena delle anime) Every year on November 1, Sardinia, Italy, honors those who have died by preparing an elaborate supper for dead souls. Sunday, October 20 | Sold Out Event Surface Layer Ryan Salch reveals how eczema affects a person psychologically and physically through this autobiographical portrait. Saturday, October 19 Event Taste of Hope The union heroes of a French tea processing plant fight to operate a small co-op in a market oversaturated by huge corporations. Friday, October 18 | Sold Out Event Tea for Taiwan Bubble tea has become a surprising tool for Taiwanese-American activists in New York City. Saturday, October 19 Event Through the Artist's Lens A series of four short films celebrates artists from around the world. Friday, October 18 | Sold Out Event Unapologetic Three young black women organize against police violence in Chicago and they will not apologize for their own existence. Friday, October 18 Event The Wandering Chef Hiking the Korean countryside, Jiho Im cooks meals for elders he meets along the way, with ingredients foraged from their own backyards. Sunday, October 20 | Sold Out Event Wandering Souls Can art create closure for a wounded nation? Forty years after the brutal Khmer Rouge reign, artists try with film and Bangsokol... Saturday, October 19 | Sold Out Event When I Walk With MS, Jason DaSilva is forced to learn new ways to navigate New York City, using his artistic talents to thrive. Saturday, October 19 Event When We Walk Jason Da Silva’s MS and his dissolving marriage weigh heavily, but he is determined to be the best father he can be. Saturday, October 19 Event Winnie Wright, Age 11 A story of white working-class Chicago through the eyes of 11-year-old Winnie Wright. Friday, October 18 Event Winter’s Yearning For the Greenland town of Maniitsoq, broken corporate promises inspire the community to discover alternative financial opportunities. Sunday, October 20 Event A Woman Who Paints Thangkas Despite external pressures, Lutso does not give up on her trailblazing life as one of the first female painters of Tibetan thangka... Friday, October 18 | Sold Out