Towson University hosts Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival

Six international documentaries explore culture through visual media

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 4, 2010)—Towson University’s College of Liberal Arts hosts the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival from Oct. 6 through Nov. 10. Films will be screened every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Linthicum Hall 200. The festival is free and open to the public.

The first film to be screened in the series is Babaji: An Indian Love Story, a portait of a man’s sorrow for his deceased wife set against a backdrop of traditional Indian culture and its struggle with modernity. Other films include a depiction of African migrant workers awaiting their journey to Europe in Hotel Sahara, and a tale of the Alaskan Inupiaq Eskimo, a community of climate-change refugees losing their homes and culture to melting glaciers, eroding coastlines and raging storms in The Last Days of Shishmaref.

A project of the American Museum of Natural History, the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival is the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States. The traveling festival screens documentary films that promote understanding of the complexity and diversity of the world's peoples and cultures.

More than 18 countries are represented and a variety of cultures depicted in the six films. Each video will be introduced by a member of the Towson University anthropology faculty.

See the College of Liberal Arts events calendar for a complete synopsis of festival offerings. Trailers for each film are available at the American Museum of Natural History website.






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