DER’s 50th Anniversary Screenings & Events

DER's 50th Anniversary - 1968-2018


February 26, 7pm, Brattle Theatre (Cambridge, MA)

House in the Fields Screening + Filmmaker Q&A

Co-presented with The DocYard, we kick off DER’s 50th Anniversary with a screening of the 2017 John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media winning film, House in the Fields, with filmmaker Tala Hadid in person.

October 11th, 6pm, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

N!ai Screening + Panel

With panelists Michael Ambrosino, Ilisa Barbash, Sue Cabezas, and Ross McElwee, moderated by Alice Apley. Co-presented with Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Reception to follow.

Thirty years after its release, N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. Directed and edited by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer, the film documents the life of N!ai, a Ju/hoan woman, and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, offering an intimate portrait of life in one of the last communities to live by hunting and gathering. After the screening, panelists will explore the significance of this film, and Marshall’s work more broadly in relation to the development of documentary styles.

November 9th, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Tim Asch Retrospective

A program of works by Tim Asch featuring titles from the newly-restored Yanomamo film series.

November (date TBA soon!), American Anthropological Association Meeting (San Jose, CA)

Roundtable, Celebrating 50 Years of Ethnographic Film: Documentary Educational Resources & The Society for Visual Anthropology

Participants: Matthew Durington (Organizer), Alice Apley (Chair/Roundtable Introducer), Kathryn Ramey (Discussant), Sarah Elder (Presenter), Allison Jablonko (Presenter), John Bishop (Presenter), Jake Homiak (Presenter)


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