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Rooftop Films partners with the Margaret Mead Film Festival to bring you a selection of shorts that will take you across the globe.
For the third year straight year, Rooftop is proud to once again partner with the Margaret Mead Film Festival.
The Margaret Mead Film Festival is the longest-running, premiere showcase for international documentaries in the United States, encompassing a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction. The Festival is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects, representing a range of issues and perspectives, and by the forums for discussion with filmmakers and speakers.
Rooftop is very excited to join with the Festival to once again bring you a collection of excellent trans-global short films. Join us as we take you to Peru, Korea, and the Congo with these gorgeous and thought provoking works.
The directors of White Elephant and Voice Unknown will be in attendance.
See a full schedule and get more information on the Margaret Mead Film Festival here.
Guañape Sur (János Richter | Italy, Peru | 23 min.)
Hundreds of workers descend on Guañape Sur off the coast of Peru to harvest the excrement of the island birds, hardened over the course of 11 many years by the locale’s unique weather patterns.
Voice Unknown (Jinhee Park | South Korea, United States | 33 min.)
An elderly woman shuffles around the neighborhood grocery store where she works, attending to the mundane tasks of shopkeeping. Her face is obscured to protect the family she left behind as she describes her harrowing escape from North Korea. Through her disembodied voice, a universal story unfolds, one of loss, exile, and cultivating roots in a new land.
White Elephant (Nzoku ya Pembe) (Kristof Bilsen | Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom | 34 min.)
At Kinshasa’s central post office, an ossified remnant of the Congo’s colonial past, employees sit idle in vast rooms built for more bustling times. Sixty years since achieving independence from Belgium, and the country’s hopes for a prosperous and just future are unrealized but not abandoned.