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Thursday, October 18
 

6:30pm

Coppers from the Hood: Petrel
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a contemporary Northwest Coast artist from the Haida Nation and a descendant of Charles Edenshaw, who more than 100 years ago created dozens of carvings for the Museum’s Northwest Coast Hall (currently under renovation). Yahgulanaas’ work connects traditional motifs and practices to the lived experiences of First Nations people. In this installation of an automobile hood covered in copper plate, the artist fuses parallel signifiers of social and economic status: Haida copper shields, a traditional symbol of wealth, and cars, which can serve a similar function in contemporary society. Yahgulanaas will be on-site to discuss his work.

Thursday October 18, 2018 6:30pm - Sunday October 21, 2018 9:00pm
Grand Gallery

7:00pm

Opening Night Film, Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram
Gemma Atwal
2018 | 75 mins
Countries of Production: Nigeria, United Kingdom
Country Featured: Nigeria
New York Premiere | Filmmakers in Attendance
Meet the young women whose kidnapping by Boko Haram, a militant terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, drew global attention and inspired the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls. Through exclusive interviews, see how girls who managed to escape are adapting to life after their imprisonment as thousands of women and girls remain captives of Boko Haram today.

A conversation with filmmakers Karen Edwards and Sasha Achilli, Chidinma Irene Nwoye, and ShobanaShankar, moderated by Faith Salie follows the film.

The documentary debuts on October 22 on HBO.

Co-presented by African Film Festival, Inc. and HBO Documentary Films 

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Thursday October 18, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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9:00pm

Opening Night Reception
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Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00pm - Friday October 19, 2018 12:00am
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Friday, October 19
 

4:00pm

Eastern Memories
Narration drawn from the writings of a late-19th-century linguist create a provocative sense of contrast against scenes of contemporary life.

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Friday October 19, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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4:00pm

Warrior Women, plays with Mother and Baby
Forty years fighting for Indigenous rights in America have bonded a mother and daughter as comrades in a multi-generational political struggle.

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Plays with Mother and Baby
Survivors of Irish mother and baby homes for children conceived out of wedlock hope to heal and find the feeling of family they were denied in youth.


Friday October 19, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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4:00pm

Mixed Media Lounge
Anthropologist Margaret Mead documented cultures and helped others connect to communities around the world using the groundbreaking medium of her time: film. Building on the spirit of her cutting-edge work, today’s new media—virtual reality, augmented reality, and more—are used to convey diverse stories.

Free!

Friday October 19, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Hall of Northwest Coast

4:30pm

The Groove is Not Trivial
Master fiddle teacher Alasdair Fraser’s journey with his fiddle becomes his liberation, and the catalyst for a global revival of Scottish culture.

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Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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6:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! With refreshments in hand, meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festivalgoers in Café on One.

Friday October 19, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Café on One

6:30pm

Genesis 2.0
What if scientists brought the woolly mammoth back from extinction? Follow two brothers as they search for the keys to a bioengineered future.

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Friday October 19, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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6:30pm

The Flying Friar (Leteci Fratar)
A joyful priest uses the celebration and preservation of Croatian music and clothing to bring together long-divided communities.

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Friday October 19, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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6:30pm

Leitis in Waiting
As the leitis or transgender women of Tonga fight for rights on a global level, they confront the bigotry of insurgent fundamentalists at home.

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Friday October 19, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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7:00pm

Special Screening: Capturing the Flag
On Election Day in 2016, four volunteers stationed themselves at the polls in North Carolina, answering questions and working to ensure every vote counts.

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Friday October 19, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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9:00pm

Ciao Babylon, plays with Her Words
Nearly half of New York City’s estimated 400 spoken languages are disappearing. Daniel Kaufman and his team of linguists are helping keep language diversity alive.

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Plays with Her Words
Meet the last remaining writers of a 500-year-old secret language known only to women in Southern China.


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
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9:00pm

Sold out - Ethiopiques–Revolt of the Soul
Amid constant political turmoil and repression in 1960s and 70s Ethiopia, a brilliant new sound emerged, changing pop music forever.

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Friday October 19, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
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9:30pm

Obscuro Barroco
What is the essence of a city that is constantly changing? Queer Brazilian icon Luana Muniz leads us through Rio de Janeiro in the months surrounding Carnival.

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Friday October 19, 2018 9:30pm - 11:00pm
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Saturday, October 20
 

11:30am

What the Wind Took Away, plays with Strangers Ourselves
After their homeland is burned, two Yazidi women in a Turkish refugee camp work to find comfort and home in a state of transition.

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Plays with Strangers Ourselves
Eighty-six-year-old Elizabeth Rapley has sponsored 92 refugees in Canada since 1979 and she’s showing no signs of stopping.


Saturday October 20, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
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11:30am

The Sound of Bells (O Som dos Sinos)
For the people of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the sound of church bells connects them to something larger than themselves.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
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11:30am

Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase
In this special showcase we present four exciting ethnographic documentaries by emerging filmmakers.

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Con o Sin Papeles
Aria Zapata
2018 | 20 min | USA
The reality of the migrant workforce comes to light through the stories of its workers and the eyes of a labor rights activist.

Landfall
Stephanie Schiavenato
2018 | 8 min | USA
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.

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:30am - 2:00pm
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12:00pm

Mixed Media Lounge
Anthropologist Margaret Mead documented cultures and helped others connect to communities around the world using the groundbreaking medium of her time: film. Building on the spirit of her cutting-edge work, today’s new media—virtual reality, augmented reality, and more—are used to convey diverse stories.

Free!

Saturday October 20, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Northwest Coast

2:00pm

POSTPONED - Whose Story is it? Rethinking Cultural Representation in the Northwest Coast Hall
POSTPONED - Join Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Nika Collison, and Peter Whiteley in a conversation about the history of cultural representation in museums. How can a museum in New York present the voices and stories of First Nations communities across the continent?

This program is and postponed for a later date.

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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2:00pm

Amanecer (Dawn)
A filmmaker's personal journey to find her birthmother explores the meaning of family.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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2:00pm

Collectively: Maisha Film Lab
Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair founded Maisha, which means ‘life’ in Kiswahili, with the motto, “If we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will.” Since 2004, the collective has funded more than 700 participants from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda producing more than 75 short films.

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A Fork, a Spoon, and a Knight
Mira Nair and  Zippy Kimundu
2014 | 13 min | Uganda
After surviving the loss of his mother and his house as a child, Robert Katende is now the coach of an internationally recognized team of chess champions—including Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi. Coach Robert shares the inspirational story of his life and his village.

Rastasophical Mood
Arnold Aganze (Zizuke Zigashane)
2013 | 13 min | Uganda
Athen Dek has a curious mind and aspires to be a singer someday. But as a young Somali immigrant in Uganda, he often feels out of place, “without a home, without a family.” As Athen investigates the Rastafarian faith and the music of his local Somali-Ugandan community, he begins to share his own passions and dreams. Though his future is uncertain, he comes to find he is not alone.

My Prison Diary 
Patricia Olwoch
2014 | 8 min | Uganda
Patricia Olwoch is in love with a man serving three consecutive life sentences in a prison in the United States. For her, born and raised in exile, displacement has become a fact of life. Perhaps her letters to her love give her some sense of stability and home, or perhaps they keep her imprisoned too, and unable to move forward.

Created in the Image of God
James King Bagyenzi
2014 | 9 min | Uganda
Mental illness often carries a stigma in Uganda—a reality challenged by this touching account of a family torn apart by schizophrenia. A younger brother remembers his joyous youth with his big sister; how, on the verge of self-discovery, they felt nothing could stop them. Now, with his sister institutionalized, he is feeling the loss of that relationship, and the need to begin again on his own.

Somebody Clap for Me 
Luciana Farah
2011 | 10 min | Uganda
“Get off the beat, remain with the words, and see what you have.” That is Abass Hassan Muhammad’s advice to the young hip-hop artists in Kampala, Uganda. Explore the resources available to young Ugandan poets: crowds at their open mics, passionate discussion in poetry circles, a community forming of poets and poetry lovers.

Within Reach
Salome Mbuthia
2010 | 10 min | Uganda
Sarah Short has made a name for herself in the Ugandan music industry, and among her family, community, and peers. As a short-statured woman and once subject to a life of poverty, Sarah Short has overcome many obstacles–navigating a society, city, and industry not built with her in mind. Sarah reflects on her childhood dreams and her undying pursuit to make them come true.


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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2:30pm

The Art of Moving
Facing a gruesome civil war at home, the producers of a Syrian comedy news series struggle to keep their show —and themselves—alive and safe.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
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4:00pm

Graves Without a Name
Graves Without a NameRithy Panh
2018 | 115 mins
Country of Production: Cambodia
NY Premiere
Filmmaker Rithy Panh explores the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide through stories of those who have lost their families and have begun searching for their graves. Driven by Panh’s own desire to know the whereabouts of his many murdered loved ones, the film focuses on the spiritual well-being of those affected by the genocide. Graves Without a Name makes a small but significant step toward rectifying the lack of documentation around the crimes of the Khmer Rouge, petitioning not for vengeance but, rather, for healing.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LeFrak Theater Enter at 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

4:30pm

Sex Spirit Strength, plays with Nuuca
Two Indigenous men in Canada explore the trauma of the colonial legacy, grapple with their health and identity, and find new purpose through activism and art.

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Plays with Nuuca
Nuuca is a meditation on the violation of the Earth and sexual violence against young Indigenous women.


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
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4:30pm

What Walaa Wants
Growing up in a refugee camp, Walaa dreams of joining the Palestinian Security Forces; can this rebellious young woman accomplish her goal?

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Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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5:00pm

Nothing is Forgiven
She escaped a repressive regime in Morocco, then survived the attacks at Charlie Hebdo. Journalist Zineb El Rhazoui won’t stop fighting for what she believes in.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
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5:00pm

Cultures of Parenting: Raising a Black Son in America
Experience the premiere of Season 2 of The New York Times’ animated short series, Conception, created from stories about parenting submitted by Times’ readers. Watch the gripping story of Debra Johnson, who explores her hopes and fears about motherhood and her 1-year-old son in Chicago. Following the short film, join Debra herself, anthropologists Dana-ain Davis(CUNY) and Laurence Ralph (Princeton), and activist DeRay Mckesson (Black Lives Matter) in a conversation about race and parenting. The conversation is moderated by Times correspondent John Eligon and focuses on the question: What does it mean to raise a young black man in America today?

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Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Wallach Orientation Center

5:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! With refreshments in hand, meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festivalgoers in Café on One.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Café on One

6:30pm

The Guardians, plays with Cedar Tree of Life
The Guardians flutters between colorful monarch butterflies searching for water in Central Mexico and Indigenous farmers guarding those waters from the logging industry.

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Plays with Cedar Tree of Life
Three women of the Salish peoples share their connections to cedar, the fragrant and durable tree of Canada’s Northwest Coast.


Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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7:00pm

Gurrumul
Renowned blind Indigenous musician Gurrumul faces a near impossible choice: stay home and lead his Aboriginal community or travel and share his gift?

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Saturday October 20, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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7:00pm

Special Screening: Personal Statement
Three high schoolers from underfunded Brooklyn schools become leaders in the fight for educational equity, while helping their peers apply to college.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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7:00pm

Tara's Footprint
Four young siblings living in Khechuperi, a sacred village in the Himalayas, balance their spiritual practice with their daily lives.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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9:00pm

Collectively: Vídeo nas Aldeias
Since its founding by award-winning documentary filmmaker and activist Vincent Carelli, Vídeo nas Aldeias has supported 40 Amazonian groups in 14 Brazilian states that now use media to shape the portrayal of Amazonian communities in mainstream society, change public policy, and communicate with each another.

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Marangmotxingmo Mïrang, from the Ikpeng children to the world
Karané Ikpeng, Natuyu Yuwipo Txcão, Kumaré Ikpeng
2002 | 35 min | Brazil | Ikpeng
Yuwipó, Yampi, Eruwo, and Kamatxi guide the viewer through the lives of the Ikpeng people of Brazil, introducing us to their families, schools, and celebrations with curiosity and joy. Aware that their traditions and ways of life have changed since their grandparents’ time, the children are eager to learn from whoever comes across their “video-letter.”

Agouti’s Peanut (Kiarãsã Yõ Sâty)
Komoi Panará, Paturi Panará
2005 | 51 min | Brazil
During the peanut harvest, the Panará people of Amazonian Brazil celebrate the agouti, the squirrelly rodent that led them to discover that the legume grows in abundance just beneath their feet. As they remember the days before the discovery of the peanut—how they used to share pancakes made out of rotting wood—they take part in elaborate dances, smoke tobacco, share laughs, and pass around a small effigy of the adorable creature.


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00pm - 10:30pm
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9:30pm

Playing Hard
Developing a hit video game requires creativity, discipline, and the ability to remain cool under pressure. Does this team have what it takes?

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Saturday October 20, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
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9:30pm

Truth Detectives
Counter to the fear that data collection will lead to a dystopian nightmare, activists today use surveillance tools to expose human rights abusers.

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Saturday October 20, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
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Sunday, October 21
 

11:30am

Archival Film: Uksuum Cauyai (The Drums of Winter)
Indigenous Yup’ik Alaskan elders revive their once-outlawed ceremonial potlatch, dramatizing their long-standing resilience with humor and passion.

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Sunday October 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
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11:30am

Rituals of Resistance, plays with Tibetan Nomads in Exile
A Tibetan-American filmmaker explores modes of resistance to Chinese occupation by speaking with activists across generations.

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Plays with Tibetan Nomads in Exile
While living in exile in India, 2,300 Tibetan refugees continue to practice their traditional nomadic way of life.


Sunday October 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
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11:30am

The Sign for Love
Elad Cohen is deaf and gay. He has a hearing baby with his best friend, Yaeli, who is also deaf, revealing the challenges of parenting and how a child can repair a family.

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Sunday October 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
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12:00pm

Mixed Media Lounge
Anthropologist Margaret Mead documented cultures and helped others connect to communities around the world using the groundbreaking medium of her time: film. Building on the spirit of her cutting-edge work, today’s new media—virtual reality, augmented reality, and more—are used to convey diverse stories.

Free!

Sunday October 21, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Northwest Coast

2:00pm

Runners (Biegacze)
A nearly 150-mile race can bring out the most extreme pain and joy imaginable. What pushes the runners to the race at all—and what keeps them going?

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Sunday October 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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2:00pm

Collectively: Bophana Center
Founded by acclaimed filmmaker Rithy Panh, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide, the Bophana Center is dedicated to restoring and protecting Cambodian audiovisual heritage and to training a new generation of storytellers.

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I Don’t Know Much About ABC
Phanith Norm and Chanrado Sok
2016 | 22 min | Cambodia
Ron Dara’s life on the streets of Phnom Penh with his elementary-school-aged son is filled with the physical exhaustion of collecting trash and the constant disappointment of making shoes that hardly ever sell. One day he makes enough money to take his son shopping for clothes and to the theme park, revealing what keeps this proud father afloat.

B-Girl
Phally Ngoeum and Namratha Thomas
2016 | 12 min | Cambodia
For most children, dancing is a hobby, a passion, or a sport. For some children in Cambodia, breakdancing is their livelihood, performing at weddings and parties to provide a source of income for their families.

Your Home
Doeurn Chev and Chanrado Sok
2017 | 11 min | Cambodia
When a young Cambodian construction worker decides to move his family to Thailand to pursue better job opportunities, his father, who is also his boss, begs him to stay.  He hopes not just to keep the family together, but to keep the business alive as well.

Home Cemetery
Phally Ngoeum
2016 | 7 min | Cambodia
Collecting and selling garbage for 50 cents or less a day, Sarann can barely earn enough to survive. To buy medicine for her son, she cleans tombs in the cemetery where she lives with her cousin and son. While these jobs are not lucrative, they are part of the life she is building for her family as they mourn the death of her husband and the loss of their home.

Choices in Life
Phally Ngoeum
2016 | 10 min | Cambodia
Yem Thol makes a living by embroidering traditional Khmer costumes with her daughter, Chandin. Though the pair is extraordinarily talented and take great pride in their work, Chandin wants to pursue a more lucrative and more dangerous career as a dancer. A conflict rages between living for themselves and living to sustain a culture nearly decimated by the Khmer Rouge.


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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2:30pm

Ceres
From slaughtering pigs to tracking storms, four children in the boggy southwest of the Netherlands learn farm skills that sustained their families for generations.

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Sunday October 21, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
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4:30pm

Collectively in Conversation
Collectively highlights the groundbreaking community-based media collectives Bophana Center, Maisha Film Lab, and Vídeo nas Aldeias.

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Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
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4:30pm

Virgin Blacktop
A love of skateboarding brings nine suburban boys together as one of the best crews in the Northeast and causes them to popularize the sport in New York State.

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Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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5:30pm

A Bold Peace
Since it disbanded its military 60 years ago, how has the government of Costa Rica managed to stay safe and put the happiness of its people first?

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Sunday October 21, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
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5:30pm

Mamacita
An eccentric beauty tycoon invites her grandson, a filmmaker, into her castle-like home. In the end, does he see more than she wanted him to? Or did she intend that all along?

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Sunday October 21, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
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6:00pm

Mead Mixer
Continue the conversation! With refreshments in hand, meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festivalgoers in Café on 4.

Sunday October 21, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Café on 4

8:00pm

Mead Award Ceremony
The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by anthropologist Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The Mead Award winner will be announced in a ceremony on Sunday evening.

The evening will conclude with a free encore presentation of the award-winning film.

Sunday October 21, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Wallach Orientation Center

9:00pm

Mead Award Screening
There will be a free screening of the award-winning film after the Award Ceremony.

Sunday October 21, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
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