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Saturday, October 24 • 11:00am - 1:30pm
Emerging Visual Anthropologists

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The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Dr. Pegi Vail, Graduate Program in Culture and Media, NYU.


Alice Xue Yu

2015 | 25 minutes | China, U.S.A.

Director in Attendance

Mongolian culture in China is fading, traditional lifestyles giving way under the pressures of financial need, policy regulations, and the inexorable urbanization of the general population. In Barag Banner, Inner Mongolia, one family encapsulates the transformation: a son leaves the country for education in the city, a father remains behind in the grasslands to provide, and a wife and mother commutes between the old world and the new.

One Man's Trash

Kelly Adams

2015 | 17 minutes | U.S.A.

Director in Attendance

In an East Harlem garage sits the unusual museum: Treasures in the Trash. The museum is the life’s work of Nelson Molina, a 34-year veteran of the New York City Department of Sanitation and a collector of discarded ephemera of interest. The film follows Molina on his route as, with a keen eye and an open mind, he plucks gems from what others have thrown away and assigns new value to them.

El Cacao

Michelle Aguilar

2015 | 19 minutes| Panama, U.S.A.

Neoliberal ideology, human rights, and the economics of the global chocolate industry collide in this exposé of the dark side of Latin American chocolate production. Examining Fair Trade from the perspective of an Ngäbe farmer in Panama, the film highlights a pronounced disconnect between the rising demand for chocolate in developed countries and the over-promised, under-delivered incentives to small producers around the world.


Rana Jarbou

2015 | 21 minutes | Saudi Arabia

A young man’s passion for the illegal practice of tahfeet—joyriding—provides a novel perspective on the rapidly growing desert metropolis of Riyadh. Looking through the window of a car hot-rodding around the streets, the camera captures small interactions that gradually reveal the highly regulated social interactions and structural economic stratification of the Saudi capital. 

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Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
Kaufmann Theater

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