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Ethnographic Film Series: First Contact

WhenFriday, February 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

Natural History Museum

Event Location

Ground Floor, Q?rius Theater




First Contact (Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson color, 54 min, 1983)
This film explores the events surrounding and following the arrival of the Leahy brothers in the Highlands of New Guinea in 1930. The film is an unparalleled look at cross-cultural interaction and the legacy of colonialism.
Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.

About the Ethnographic Film Series and the National Anthropological Film Collection
Founded in 1975, the National Anthropological Film Collection (NAFC) forms part of the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives, and is devoted to preserving, documenting, and providing access to anthropological moving image materials. The NAFC collections are a unique repository for anthropological films and video that document cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as the history of ethnographic filmmaking and related amateur expeditionary and travel filmmaking in the 20th century.  Drawing on NAFC’s extensive archival film collection and the catalogue of the Documentary Educational Resources (DER) each screening will be followed by time for discussion.

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