Our Second Sunday Culture Films monthly series, presenting documentary films from cultures around the world, returns for a new season October 2013 through February 2014. We're pleased to partner with the Philadelphia Film Society and the Penn Humanities Forum on Violence in curating this collection of individual stories of resistance to cultural change, often in the face of imminent threats of violence.
Each film is introduced by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities, with open discussion among experts and audience members following the screenings. All programs begin at 2:00 pm in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium. The series is free with Museum admission.
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December 8, 2013
Vivir la Chicha (Peru - 2003)
Dir. Sharis Coppens, Speaker: Tamara Walker, History, Upenn
Spending her days in a sneaker factory in Arequipa, the film’s hero Aurora Ramos spends her evenings dancing to the hybrid musical form Chicha, invented by indigenous people in Peru.
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, University Museum Library, Cinema Studies, Latin American/Latino Studies, Philadelphia Film Society
January 12, 2014
Ghosts and Numbers
Dir. Alan Klima, Speakers: Justin McDaniels, Penn Religious studies & Thai–American political artist Skowman Hastanan
In this impressionistic documentary, the stock market crash in Thailand as understood locally via the spiritual world.
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Religious Studies, University Museum Library, Cinema Studies, Philadelphia Film Society
February 9, 2014
Dal Puri Diaspora (Trinidad & India - 2012)
Speakers: Chi-ming Yang, Penn English Department - Special Surprise Guest Dir. Richard Fung
Dal Puri is a scrumptious Trinidadian desi food, reflecting a legacy of globalization in enforced labor, and representing the persistence of culture against the odds.
Closing party: Trinidadian Dal Puri and rotis from the Brown Sugar Bakery
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, Asian American Studies, South Asian Studies, South Asia Center, University Museum Library, Cinema Studies, Philadelphia Film Society, Penn English, Tri College Consortium.
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.
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.
To 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.
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.
Navajo 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.