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Special Event!
Thursday March 27, 6pm

Video nas Aldeias/Video in the Villages
Join us for a free screening of films made by indigenous peoples of Brazil followed by a conversation about Native American media today with Elizabeth Weatherford, Head of the Film and Video Center, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and Margaret Bruchac, Native American history scholar, Penn Anthroplogy. 


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Keep your eyes on this page for next year's series LOCAL COLOR
In conjunction with the Penn Humanities Forum theme Color we will be screening six folk-life films. 

October 2014 - March 2015
See you at the Museum!


Archive of Second Sunday Culture Films

Live from the Archives

Penn Museum announces a new occasional series: Live from the Archives!

We are pleased to present our collaborations with filmmakers in re-working archival materials  of the Penn Museum in this documentary film series.


altVenus Peregrine
The latest collaboration with a filmmaker involves a Fulbright project in India about Victorian era European female travelers, which she will contrast with current day internet consumption (virtual travel) by South Asian teen girls. The filmmaker, Courtney Stephens, currently researching in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), will be working with the Dixon and Tode collections for this film which is titled Venus Peregrine. Watch for this film in 2014.


altTo Hold the Heart [tentative title]
Personal narratives of three Hmong women living in the Milwaukee area, who describe their escape from Laos, this film was made as a tribute by a daughter of one of the ladies. The filmmaker, Pang Yang Her, is using 1957 footage by Watson Kintner of Laos. Look for a screening of this short film in 2014.

Other Film Archives Projects

altMatto Grosso

In 1930 an odd assortment of scientist and adventurers struck out from New York for the Mato Grosso region of Brazil, with the stated purpose of creating the first documentary film to be made in the field with live sound recording equipment. This film, Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness, a 1931-style staged documentary [expeditionary film] which takes place in what we now think was the village of Pogubu C̨oreu, with the collaboration of the Sa̋o Lourenc̦o Bororo people.

altNavajo Film Themselves
In 1966, Sol Worth, John Adair and Richard Chalfen traveled to Pine Springs, Arizona, where they taught a group of Navajo students to make documentary films. Their students were Mike Anderson, Al Clah, Susie Benally, John Nelson, Mary Jane Tsosie and Maxine Tsosie and later Susie Benally's mother, Alta Kahn. This film series is known as the Navajo Film Themselves. This site is a digital visit to the notebooks and journals of Worth and Chalfen, primary source materials for research.



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