Every fall the Margaret Mead Film Festival comes to the American Museum of Natural History with a great selection in documentary and non-narrative filmmaking. They specialize in films the showcase the vast amount of cultures and people that make up the world. Each film is a glimpse inside a subculture that may not be apparent upon first glimpse. This year, the festival runs from October 23 to the 26th. During these four days, the festival will host a variety of forums, discussions and mixers in addition to their great selections of documentary films.
While the entire roster is full of undiscovered gems just waiting to be seen, Rooftop Films would like to point you in the direction of two of our favorites. On Friday evening at 5:30pm, The Corral and The Wind will be showing. This film will let you be a fly on the wall of an Andean village that the filmmaker is from. Everyday activities including playing schoolchildren, raising animals and seemingly mundane tasks are given new light in this financially impoverished yet culturally rich town.
On Saturday evening at 10pm, My Prairie Home will be making it’s New York debut. This refreshing documentary follows Rae Spoon, a transgender singer/songwriter, and gives us a glimpse at the vast prairie lands of Western Canada. Part musical, documentary, and coming-of-age story, this is a wonderful portrait of showing how someone becomes who they are.
Buy tickets at $12 each or there are several packages that will let you into multiple screenings as well. Check out the full festival lineup here.
The Corral and the Wind
Friday, October 24
5:30PM, People Center
My Prairie Home
Saturday, October 25