Editor's Pick: Docufest comes of age

The festival's patron saint, shown here in a scene from "Margaret Mead: A Portra

The festival's patron saint, shown here in a scene from "Margaret Mead: A Portrait by a Friend."

For its 10th anniversary, the Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival pays tribute to its namesake.

The festival’s opening program, “Coming of Age,” on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., features works that offer a glimpse of Mead herself (Jean Rouch’s “Margaret Mead: A Portrait by a Friend”) and contemporary perspectives on two of the worlds she inhabited, Samoa and Greenwich Village (Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s “Islands” and Remy Weber’s “Why Pay Two Rents,” respectively).

The other nine films screened at this year’s road version of the celebrated New York cultural film fest are organized around the themes of “Power to the People” (Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.), “Women and Healthcare” (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), “Spotlight: Indonesia” (Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m.) and “The Politics of Passion (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.).


- MARGARET MEAD FILM FEST: Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 in Harrison Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets. Admission for evening programs $6, Museum members/students/seniors/PennCard holders $3; afternoon programs free with Museum admission ($5, students/seniors $2.50, Museum members/PennCard holders/all visitors Sunday free). Parental discretion advised; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Museum Education Department, 215-898-4015.

Originally published on April 11, 2002