Upcoming Screenings: Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series

The National Museum of Natural History: Please join us this Friday in NMNH’s Q?rius Theater for a public and free screening of A Weave of Time (1986; 60 min) by Susan Fanshel from 2.30 to 4pm todayThis film examines four generations of change in a Navajo family, and draws on anthropologist John Adair’s footage from 1938. Exploring the contemporary resonances of this footage 50 years later, this film delves into issues around cultural continuity and change. 


Preserved with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources and archived in the NAFC.

Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series

WHERE: Q?RIUS Theatre, National Museum of Natural History,  Fridays, 2:30 – 4pm

Founded in 1975, the National Anthropological Film Collection (NAFC) forms part of the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA), and is devoted to preserving, documenting, and providing access to anthropological moving image materials. 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.  Drawing on NAFC’s extensive archival film collection we will be screening the following historic ethnographic films, and will have time for discussion following each film. 

Nov. 10th - Photo Wallahs (1991; 60 min) by David and Judith McDougall

Focusing on the photographers of Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayan foothills of northern India, this film explores the photography as social artifact through detailing the photographers at work, their clients, and both old and new photographs.

Distributed by Berkeley Media and archived in the NAFC.

Nov. 17th - Bontoc Eulogy (1995; 56 min) by Marlon Fuentes

A mockumentary this film explores the narrator’s grandfather’s journey from the Philippines to the St. Louis World's Fair. The is a poignant critique of colonialism and ethnographic film.

Distributed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and archived in the NAFC.