Films about body art, Gypsies, technology and tradition, community spirit and identity and gender once again, the Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival brings fascinating stories of peoples lives and experiences to the University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Highlights include To Walk Naked, a 1995 film that revisits
a 1990 incident in which South African women stripped to protest the destruction
of their squatter settlement by the Nationalist government; Village
of Widows, Peter Blows 1999 documentary about the Sahtu Dene
of Deline, Canada, and their tragic connection to the victims of Hiroshima
Nagasaki; and Women of the Wall, Faye Ledermans 1999 look at the Jewish immigrant women who challenged the Orthodox ban on women leading prayers at the Western Wall.
MARGARET MEAD FESTIVAL: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 and Friday, Feb. 18, and 11 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Harrison Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets. Admission for each evening screening $6, students/seniors/Museum members/PennCard holders $3; Saturday morning and afternoon screenings included with Museum admission ($5, students/seniors $2.50, Museum members/PennCard holders free). Half-price admission for opening night available through a Go West! 3rd Thursday promotion; visit www.gowest.org or call 1-888-GOWEST-7 for details. A complete schedule and description of films is available at www.upenn.edu/museum on the World Wide Web.
Originally published on February 17, 2000