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The American Museum of Natural History has a whole lineup of amazing events coming up in February. If you're looking for new experiences to mix up your normal evening or weekend routine, AMNH has you covered. Whether you're looking for a fun daytime activity, cocktails, or a learning experience for kids, there's something for everyone. Pick your adventure! Details below:
Join the American Museum of Natural History November 10-13th for their 35th Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival.
The festival will feature more 35 films, including 7 U.S. features picked from over 1,000 international and national submissions! There will also live musical performances and a listening party at Hayden Planetarium. It's going to be an action packed 4 days! Opening and closing night tickets are only $15. Screening tickets are $12. Here are more details:
Festival Opening and Closing Nights
The opening night film on Thursday, November 10, is the New York premiere of Grande Hotel, directed by Lotte Stoops. The Grande Hotel in the West African seaside town of Beira, Mozambique, was once the most opulent resort on the continent. Now, it is home to an estimated 3,000 squatters. Living in this outsize shell of former luxury, those on the margins of society create a self-enclosed community as the place they call home crumbles around them. As one voice in the film observes, the history of the hotel is the history of the country.
Closing night will feature the New York festival premiere of Flames of God, directed by Meshakai Wolf, on Sunday, November 13. The film follows Romani songwriter and poet Muzafer Bislim on his journey from Macedonia to France for the International Biennial of Poets in Paris. While seeking to publish his opus, a handwritten, 25,000-word dictionary containing what he believes to be some of the oldest and most obscure words in the Romani language, Bislim reunites with long-lost friends and family.
Mead Festival Special Series and Panels
The 35th Anniversary Retrospective Series presents a program of short films and several feature documentaries from the festival’s past: N!ai: The Story of a !Kung Woman by John Marshall, Adrienne Miesmer, and Sue Cabezas; A Wife among Wives from David and Judith MacDougall’s Turkana Conversations Trilogy; and Alanis Obomsawin’s Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. Featured films also include Trance and Dance in Bali by Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, Les Maitres Fous by Jean Rouch, and Jero on Jero: A Balinese Trance Séance Observed by Linda Connor and Patsy and Timothy Asch.
The special panel discussion How Do We Look will focus on the history of documentary and its 40-year trajectory from the academic realm of visual anthropology to the living room as primetime entertainment. Technological changes continue to play a crucial role in the how documentaries are made, as increasingly portable and affordable tools influence form and multiple channels opening up the potential to reach wider audiences.