Margaret Mead Film Festival

The 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival, as the preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural storytelling, will screen 29 outstanding films and host special multi-media events and performances Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2, 2012. With films from over 20 countries, the festival features 19 premieres, including 10 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award contenders and two world premieres.
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In Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos, a young woman’s quest to revive the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing becomes a personal journey into the history of her culture.

In Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos, a young woman’s quest to revive the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing becomes a personal journey into the history of her culture.

Buzkashi!: The rivalries and political intrigues of Tajikistan’s polo-like favorite sport open an intriguing window on this former Soviet republic.

Buzkashi!: The rivalries and political intrigues of Tajikistan’s polo-like favorite sport open an intriguing window on this former Soviet republic.

A Life Without Words (Una Vida Sin Palabras), the story of two deaf siblings in rural Nicaragua living entirely without written, spoken, or signed language, poses provocative questions about the purpose of words, aid work, and documentary film.

A Life Without Words (Una Vida Sin Palabras), the story of two deaf siblings in rural Nicaragua living entirely without written, spoken, or signed language, poses provocative questions about the purpose of words, aid work, and documentary film.

Children of Srikandi: This first film by and about queer Indonesian women features eight poetic shorts interwoven with the story of Srikandi of the Mahabharata.

Children of Srikandi: This first film by and about queer Indonesian women features eight poetic shorts interwoven with the story of Srikandi of the Mahabharata.

Tropicália: A rare document of 1960s Brazil and of the thrilling sparks that fly when art, culture, and politics collide.

Tropicália: A rare document of 1960s Brazil and of the thrilling sparks that fly when art, culture, and politics collide.

Bury the Hatchet: Three Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans offer a window onto a vibrant segment of the city’s African American community.

Bury the Hatchet: Three Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans offer a window onto a vibrant segment of the city’s African American community.

Bay of All Saints: An intimate portrait of the last of the water slums in Salvador, Brazil, facing demolition in the name of environmental conservation.

Bay of All Saints: An intimate portrait of the last of the water slums in Salvador, Brazil, facing demolition in the name of environmental conservation.

The documentary Sweet Dreams, playing at the Mead Film Festival on Saturday, December 1, is a story of firsts: the formation of the Rwanda’s first and only all-female drumming troupe, Ingoma Nshya, and the group’s effort to open Rwanda’s first ice cream shop, in some cases introducing the treat to people who have never before tasted ice cream.

The documentary Sweet Dreams, playing at the Mead Film Festival on Saturday, December 1, is a story of firsts: the formation of the Rwanda’s first and only all-female drumming troupe, Ingoma Nshya, and the group’s effort to open Rwanda’s first ice cream shop, in some cases introducing the treat to people who have never before tasted ice cream.

Flames of God, directed by Meshakai Wolf

Flames of God, directed by Meshakai Wolf

Grab: A captivating look at the tradition of Grab Day, a community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks, and renewal among Laguna Pueblo Indians.

Grab: A captivating look at the tradition of Grab Day, a community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks, and renewal among Laguna Pueblo Indians.

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