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Mead Moment | Film Screening: North American Indigenous Shorts Program

Documentary has been a critical form of Indigenous nation-building, sovereignty, and mobilization. These three short documentaries share intimate and powerful portraits of Indigenous people at the forefront of change and cultural empowerment in the face of immense challenges. This program includes three short films:

  • Becoming Nakuset – a brief and deeply personal portrait of an Indigenous adoptee who struggles to find her identity and sense of self-worth and purpose.
  • Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair – an exploration of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth & Reconciliation process led by First Nations lawyer and chairman of that process.
  • Chasing the Signal – a raw, first-person account of what happened at Standing Rock, as detailed by a young man who streamed the events live on Facebook.

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WATCH: THE LETTER

WATCH: THE LETTER (AUDIO DESCRIBED VERSION)

This program is offered as a Mead Moment, a special series presented by the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History. The Festival showcases documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world.

For the Mead Moments, three preeminent film curators— Jason Ryle (ImagineNative Film Festival), Mahen Bonetti (African Film Festival), and Lawrence Carter-Long (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund/Cinema Shift)—are collaborating with the Mead Film Festival to create a series of film screenings and round-table conversations that give central focus to the voices and stories from communities who were harmed by the 20th-century eugenics movement and who are living with the legacies of eugenicist ideals today.

Mead Moment | Conversation: The Letter

Co-directors (and partners) Maia von Lekow and Christopher King are joined by executive producer and founder of East African Documentary Film Fund Judy Kibinge to highlight the unique vantage point of storytelling by members of the community documented in The Letter. The wide-ranging conversation touches on the twin legacies of eugenics and colonialism, exploring land rights, and the collision of traditional and colonial practices as well as where the film’s main subjects are now and the community’s reaction to the film.

This program is offered as a Mead Moment, a special series presented by the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History. The Festival showcases documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world.

For the Mead Moments, three preeminent film curators— Jason Ryle (ImagineNative Film Festival), Mahen Bonetti (African Film Festival), and Lawrence Carter-Long (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund/Cinema Shift)—are collaborating with the Mead Film Festival to create a series of film screenings and round-table conversations that give central focus to the voices and stories from communities who were harmed by the 20th-century eugenics movement and who are living with the legacies of eugenicist ideals today.

Mead Moment | Film Screening & Conversation: What Price Progress? Eugenics & Disability in the Modern World

There’s a new drug on the horizon that promises to make people with dwarfism taller—which, if successful, risks erasing the very community it seeks to serve. As Little People grapple with an uncertain future, director Julie Wyman confronts her own complicated diagnosis of dwarfism. Join a conversation about this work-in-progress film with director Julie Wymann and film curator and disability rights activist Lawrence Carter-Long

This program is offered as a Mead Moment, a special series presented by the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History. The Festival showcases documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world.

For the Mead Moments, three preeminent film curators— Jason Ryle (ImagineNative Film Festival), Mahen Bonetti (African Film Festival), and Lawrence Carter-Long (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund/Cinema Shift)—are collaborating with the Mead Film Festival to create a series of film screenings and round-table conversations that give central focus to the voices and stories from communities who were harmed by the 20th-century eugenics movement and who are living with the legacies of eugenicist ideals today.