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Smithsonian NMNH

Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series

The series meets in the Q?rius theater of NMNH on Friday’s from 2:30-4. Discussions follow the films.

This series draws on the collections of the  National Anthropological Film Collection (NAFC) which forms part of the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives, and is devoted to preserving, documenting, and providing access to anthropological moving image materials. Begun in 1975, the NAFC collections are a unique repository for anthropological films and video that document cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as the history of ethnographic filmmaking and related amateur expeditionary and travel filmmaking in the 20th century. Founded in 1968, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "promote thought-provoking documentary film and media for learning about the people and cultures of the world." The NAFC serves as the archival repository for many of the historic films that DER distributes. We are grateful for their partnership.

These screenings are free and open to the public. Following each film will be time for discussion.

April 27:  Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors' Tales (Paul Wolffram, 89 min, 2011)

This collaborative film with the Lak people of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea, that explores storytelling, anthropology and the history of the Lak. This film features the Siar-Lak Language and Tok Pisin.

Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.