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The festival, a program of the American Natural History Museum in New York City, presents titles that tackle diverse and challenging subjects.
"The Mead Festival provides socioculturally oriented films that would be difficult to see anywhere else in the city," says Dr. Jerome Crowder, anthropology research professor. "These are current, topical pieces made by engaged filmmakers from around the world, not otherwise available, and we are fortunate to be able to present them at the University of Houston."
The six films being shown are grouped in three issue areas: rethinking gender, beyond borders, and the politics of water. The festival will begin at 2 p.m. and will run through 7:30 p.m.
The schedule of films is as follows:
"Politics of Water"
Each film will be accompanied by audience discussion.
"Through these films, we have the opportunity to see American culture - to see ourselves," Crowder said. "Our hope is that viewers will rethink their perspectives on culture and society and will be more aware as they water the lawn or travel the globe. It's a unique opportunity for reflection, and we are glad to have the cutting-edge facilities of TLC² right here at UH to enable us to present the festival."
WHAT: The Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival; free and open to the public
WHEN: 2 - 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18
WHERE: The Texas Learning & Computation Center (TLC2) Visualization Theater, PGH216 (Hoffman Hall)
WHO: The UH Department of Anthropology, the Program in Visual Studies, and the Texas Learning & Computation Center (TLC2)
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