Breaking the Chains

Director Erminia Colucci
Country/Production Indonesia/UK/Australia/Italy
Release 2015
Length 64 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Languages Bahasa Indonesian, Sundanese, English, Italian, Arabic

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The practice of using shackles and chains to physically restrain people with mental illness (known as pasung) is widespread in Indonesia (as in many other developing/low middle income countries) and almost universally ignored.

This observational ethnographic documentary explores the beliefs and social norms regarding pasung and tells an original story about the social and political activism to free people from this practice and the process that leads to the release of victims of pasung such as Yayah, a young woman who has been chained inside a small room for 17 years. In particular, the film follows the activities that have been initiated by an organization in Cianjur (West Java) that is led and run by people with mental health problems.

Are Your Listening!

Director Kamar Ahmad Simon
Country/Production Bangladesh
Release 2012
Length 90 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Bangladesh
Languages Bengali with English subtitles

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By the coastal belts of Bangladesh, in a small village named Sutarkhali, Rakhi, 27, lives with her husband Soumen, 32, and their 6 year-old son Rahul. Fighting against all the odds of the woods, along with around a 100 families, they have cultivated the land for generations. On May 25, 2009 when Rahul was only 4 years old, a tidal surge hit the coastal belts of Bangladesh. For Rakhi, Soumen and Rahul, life is not the same anymore. Are You Listening! is about Rakhi’s hope to ensure a dignified future for her son Rahul. It's about her jobless husband Soumen's frustration for failing to provide for his family, and about a community’s struggle to get back the land they have lost.

Messages By Music

Director Cornelia Strasser
Country/Production Switzerland/Senegal 
Release 2013
Length 76 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Senegal
Languages French, Wolof, Peulh, Diola, Mandigo, English with English subtitles

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The traditional musicians in Senegal were in charge of retaining the history of their ethnic group, along with ways of thinking and behaving. Their aim was to conserve the society. Nowadays the griots have lost much of their importance. Their world is vanishing, but not their methods. Awadi, one of the first and best known rappers in Western Africa, picked up the method of the griots to launch his message to the people. But unlike the griots, his aim is to change society. Awadi is fighting Pan-Africanism, a movement which can’t be understood without having colonialism and its still lasting after-effects in mind. This films offers an insight into  contemporary Senegalese society, reflecting its ethnic, linguistic, religious and musical diversity.

The Storyteller

Director John Paul Davidson 
Country/Production United Kingdom
Release 1990
Length 50 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Brazil
Language Waura with English subtitles

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Unaware of the written word until the 1950s, the Waura tribe who live in the headwaters of the Xingu river in Brazil still practise the art of storytelling. Tribal storyteller Aruta recounts one of their traditional tales which the tribe re-enact. As powerful and fresh as the opening chapters of Genesis, it gives a unique insight into Waura cosmological thinking.

Ringtone

Directors Jennifer Deger and Paul Wunungmurra
Country/Production Australia
Release 2014
Length 30 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Australia
Language Yolngu Aboriginal | Yolngu Aboriginal Language with English subtitles

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Yolngu Aboriginal families offer glimpses into their lives and relationships through their choice of ringtones. From ancestral clan songs to 80s hip hop artists and local gospel tunes, these songs connect individuals into a world of deep and enduring connection. And yet, simultaneously the phone opens Yolngu to new vectors of vulnerability and demand. Made collaboratively by a new media arts collective of indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers, the film offers a beautiful and surprisingly moving meditation on the connections and intrusions brought by mobile phones to a once-remote Aboriginal community.

We Don't Need a Grave

Directors Satbyul Kim
Country/Production Japan
Release 2014
Length 27 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Japan 
Language Japanese with English subtitles 

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We Don't Need a Grave attempts to show how the people who choose Shizenso rather than the typical family grave try to accept one's death. Shizenso is a natural mortuary practice that has no religious affiliation. It involves scattering cremation ashes of the deceased in the ocean and mountains. During the 1990s in Japan, Shizenso emerged as a citizen movement due to the changes in social attitudes towards family and religion. The film recounts stories of members from Grave-Free-Promotion Society (GFPS) who practise Shizenso. It explores not only this unique practice of saying goodbye to one's beloved ones but also the mixed emotions of those who practise it. 

Virtual Me

Directors Trent Monahan, Sarah Prothero, Jennifer Torson
Country/Production USA
Release 2013
Length 11 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location USA, virtual space 
Language English

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Virtual Me examines the experiences of players of the online game World of Warcraft, focusing specifically on their experience and understanding of issues surrounding gender and identity within their virtual communities and during gameplay. While four of our participants chose to embody characters within the game that aligned with their actual world gender identities, two male players opted instead to play female characters, and the film explores the consequences of both choices.

The film consists entirely of in-game footage along with animations of each participant's character paired with audio interviews in order to focus on the participants' in-game representations and identities, rather than on their actual world identities and bodies.

Together As One

Director Kilian Lamtur Tanlaka
Country/Production Norway
Release 2013
Length 39 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Cameroon
Ethnic group Nso
Language Lamnso' and English with English subtitles

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Nso' is the biggest kingdom of the Western Grassfields and an ethnic group in the northeast corner of Cameroon’s northwest region. Its capital Kumbo is where the ruler (Fon) lives. The Nso' population counts Christians, Muslims and followers of "indigenous" religious beliefs.

Together As One shows the social use of the kola nut in Nso' society, what this natural resource can mean to people. The kola nut is an item around which the feeling, experience, sense and lived "reality" of belonging, togetherness, unity, friendship and peace is expressed. The kola nut thus plays an important role in bringing people together, irrespective of their religion, village, quarter or thoughts.

Boya Boya

Directors Karen Boswall, Ruba Al Akash
Country/Production Jordan, UK
Release 2014
Length 18 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Jordan
Ethnic group Syrian, Jordanian
Language Arabic with English subtitles

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A portrait of Syrian refugee Mohammed, a 12-year-old shoe shine boy, Boya Boya (Shine Shine) looks at the reality of the growing population of urban refugees from a child's point of view. While supporting the women and children of his family, Mohammed still smiles and sings his way through his long working day cleaning shoes around the city of Irbid. With song and laughter, he touches the hearts of his clients, but for how long will he be able to keep finding and creating these moments of joy while carrying the burden of such responsibility and sadness?

Lady of the Lake

Director Zaw Naing Oo
Country/Production Myanmar
Release 2014
Length 22 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Myanmar
Ethnic group Burmese
Language Burmese, English subtitles
Collection Yangon Film School

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Governments – even decades-old military regimes – may come and go but, like many rural communities in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the lives of the villagers of Pyun Su on the banks of Moe Yun Gyi lake are pervaded by deeper traditions – above all the lively cult of the nat.

Winner of the 2013 Goethe-Institut Myanmar Jade Award for Documentaries: ‘A beautifully filmed, rare glimpse of some of Myanmar’s powerful supernatural beliefs and their meaning for the people who practice them in this stunning Lakeland region not far from the country’s former capital of Yangon.’

The non-profit organisation Yangon Film School (YFS) is Myanmar’s only film school. Founded in 2005 by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison and hailed by its partners as a 'milestone' in capacity building, YFS brings together experienced mid-career industry professionals from around the world and local talent to create and support a diverse media culture in Myanmar, thereby promoting the country's transition to a democratic nation.
In almost ten years of activity and, in spite of numerous constraints, YFS has trained well over 100 young Burmese men and women from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds in all aspects of filmmaking – from screenwriting to editing – with a particular emphasis on the documentary.
Details about our work and the films made by YFS filmmakers can be found at www.yangonfilmschool.org

Behind the Screen

Director Aung Nwai Htway
Country/Production Myanmar
Release 2012
Length 35 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Myanmar
Ethnic group Burmese
Language Burmese, English subtitles
Collection Yangon Film School

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A son dissects his parents’ marriage – they were film icons in 1960s Myanmar. It turns out the heartrending scenes they acted out on the silver screen are a pretty accurate reflection of their real lives. While the camera slides across the glamour photos from their heyday, the filmmaker looks on, entranced. He grapples with the incredible fame of his parents. Now that he is reconstructing their relationship, he sees the old film footage through different eyes – as if it might contain the answers he didn’t get as a child, when his parents separated. This merging of family history and film excerpts creates a magical mix of fact and fiction, or 'the real and the celluloid wedding', as the son calls it. The son’s public revelation of how things went wrong is an emancipatory act, as divorce is still a big taboo in Myanmar.

The non-profit organisation Yangon Film School (YFS) is Myanmar’s only film school. Founded in 2005 by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison and hailed by its partners as a 'milestone' in capacity building, YFS brings together experienced mid-career industry professionals from around the world and local talent to create and support a diverse media culture in Myanmar, thereby promoting the country's transition to a democratic nation.
In almost ten years of activity and, in spite of numerous constraints, YFS has trained well over 100 young Burmese men and women from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds in all aspects of filmmaking – from screenwriting to editing – with a particular emphasis on the documentary.
Details about our work and the films made by YFS filmmakers can be found at www.yangonfilmschool.org

Tyres

Director Kyaw Myo Lwin
Country/Production Myanmar
Release 2013
Length 30 min
Format Black & white and colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Myanmar
Ethnic group Burmese
Language Burmese, English subtitles
Collection Yangon Film School

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A recycling workshop in South Okkalapa in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon is a place where discarded tyres are transformed from their original shape and use, and are re-purposed to new uses. Filmed almost entirely in black-and-white, this observational documentary gently explores a community of tyre cutters and recyclers. They are young and old, male and female, and they create buckets, brushes and slippers with their sharp blades, careful eyes and skilful strokes. From time to time, between movements, snatched conversation and song, something lyrical, even philosophical emerges, and we are gently reminded of how every death gives way to a birth.

Winner of the Material Culture and Archaeology Film Prize at the 14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2015.

The non-profit organisation Yangon Film School (YFS) is Myanmar’s only film school. Founded in 2005 by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison and hailed by its partners as a 'milestone' in capacity building, YFS brings together experienced mid-career industry professionals from around the world and local talent to create and support a diverse media culture in Myanmar, thereby promoting the country's transition to a democratic nation.
In almost ten years of activity and, in spite of numerous constraints, YFS has trained well over 100 young Burmese men and women from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds in all aspects of filmmaking – from screenwriting to editing – with a particular emphasis on the documentary.
Details about our work and the films made by YFS filmmakers can be found at www.yangonfilmschool.org

Out of Focus

Director Adrian Arcé, Antonio Zirión
Country/Production Mexico
Release 2013
Length 37 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL or NTSC / All region
Location Mexico
Language Spanish, (English Subtitles)

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This is a collaborative documentary about arts, culture and everyday life inside a prison for minors. It was shot during a photography and video workshop with young inmates at the Juvenile Community for Specialized Treatment in San Fernando, Mexico City. Through shared production methods and self-representation we explore alternative ways of approaching and understanding subjects that would normally remain invisible, or are seen only through many social stigmas and prejudices.

Between Memories

Director Martha-Cecilia Dietrich
Country/Production UK
Release 2015
Length 34 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL or NTSC / All region
Location Peru
Language Spanish and Quechua

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Original title: Entre Memorias

Eudosia is still searching for her husband’s remains in the highlands of Ayacucho; Lucero has been in prison for 25 years now for the crime of terrorism against the Peruvian state; since 2009 the commandos of the counterinsurgency unit Chavin de Huantar recreate and commemorate their heroic military actions to save a nation from the threat of terrorism. Twelve years after the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission published its final report about the atrocities committed during the internal armed conflict (1980-2000), memories of this period seem more contested than ever.
This film explores the complex legacies of twenty years of violence and war in Peru through practices of remembering. In three audio-visual pieces made in collaboration with relatives of the disappeared, insurgents of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) and members of the Armed Forces, this documentary aims to create an on-screen dialogue between memories, which in practice remains elusive.

Fatuma and Asya

Director Francesco Sincich
Country/Production Italy
Release 2014
Length 59 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL or NTSC / All region
Location Ethiopia
Ethnic Group Afar
Language Afar, (English Subtitles)

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The films follows the daily life of two young Afar girls, Fatuma (10) and Asya (13), in two different areas of the Afar region in Ethiopia. It’s dawn in the small camp of Walgé. Fatuma wakes up in the morning and begins her usual homework as young girl of a family of nomad herders. She cleans, herds the goats, goes to the well with her father, but she has a worry on her mind: how to avoid the mandatory, traditional marriage and marry the boy she met some time ago, without breaking the tradition. The elders will discuss it, it’s a sensitive subject. Far from Walgé, in Angaliile, a large camp along the Awash river, Asya wakes up in her large tent. She is waiting with impatience for her marriage, but she suffers from the close presence of the Somali Issa, who steal the camp’s livestock with the complicity of the federal police. Will a solution be found?

Leaving Greece

Director Anna Brass
Country/Production Germany
Release 2013
Length 79 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL or NTSC / All region
Location Greece
Ethnic Group Afghan
Language German, English (Dari, Frasi, Greek, German, English) with German and English Subtitles

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When entering the EU for the first time, a refugee must submit an application for asylum. So much is clear. Less well known, however is the fact that for 90% of all refugees, the Aegean is the gateway to Europe. So what does this mean for Greece? Every aspect of the Greek Asylum system is so overstrained that it has effectively collapsed. No one is allowed to remain in Greece, and yet, according to the EU no one may leave. The Authorities are extremely harsh to those attempting to exit the country. ‘Leaving Greece’ tells the very personal story of three Afghan refugees: Hossein, Reza and Kaka, who have tried for years to break this vicious circle. A film about friendship – and the contradictory European refugee policy.

Winner of Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize at the 2015 RAI Film Festival.

Agave is Life

Director Meredith Dreiss & David Brown
Country/Production USA
Release 2014
Length 59 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL or NTSC / All region
Location USA
Ethnic Group Mescalero Native Americans
Language English

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AGAVE IS LIFE is a documentary film about mankind’s 10,000 year-long symbiotic alliance with the marvelous agave plant, from which tequila, Mexico’s iconic distilled spirit, is derived.  The documentary takes viewers back to a time when hunter-gatherers relied on the agave plant as a source of food, drink, shelter and fiber while roaming desert regions of Mexico and the American Southwest.  With the advent of early agriculture, and later, the development of more complex civilizations, agave played a role in the longevity, success, and ritual life of ancient cultures in these regions.  

Only recently have archaeologists realized how important the agave plant was to pre-Columbian people living in what may seem like marginal environments.  It is through their investigations that the story unfolds, starting with feasting rituals and practices among hunter-gatherers and early agave farmers, and ending with current day environmental concerns.   Along the way we learn how this unique desert plant, and its products, once integral to human survival, community gatherings, and religious rites, has become embedded in identity, mythology, art, and cultural traditions.  

After the Spanish Conquest, the once sacred agave was transformed into an economic commodity with meteoric increases in fiber, pulque, and distilled spirit production.  In recent decades, however, competition with beer has all but eliminated Mexico’s once flourishing pulque market while synthetics have severely curtailed the agave fiber industry. Tequila and mezcal producers, the survivors of agave’s early commercial success in Mexico, are threatened today by climate change, water scarcity, and the lack of biological diversity in their fields. While biologists and producers struggle to reverse this negative trend, the multi-purpose agave plant rides through another transition for 21st century consumers. Hope for the plant’s future may one day rely upon more traditional agricultural methods and, as in the past, the use of its many products --- from fuel to musical instruments.

References:

Shafer, Harry J., editor, 2013. Painters in Prehistory: Art and Archaeology of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. Published in association with the Witte Museum, Trinity University Press, San Antonio, Texas.

Fish, Suzanne K and Paul R. Fish, 2007. The Hohokam Millennium.  School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Radding, Cynthia, 2012 The Children of Mayahuel: Agaves, Human Cultures and Desert Landscapes in Northern Mexico.  Environmental History 17: 84-115.

Valenzuela-Zapata, Ana G. and Gary Paul Nabhan, 2003 Tequila:  A Natural and Cultural History. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Kalanda

Director & Anthropologist Lorenzo Ferrarini
Country/Production UK
Release 2014
Length 62 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region 
Location Burkina Faso
Language Jula with English subtitles

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In some parts of West Africa, hunting is much more than killing animals. A donso is no common hunter, but a healer, a diviner, a ritual specialist and amulet maker. Kalanda is a unique initiatory journey into their knowledge from the perspective of the filmmaker. It was filmed during a year of research in Burkina Faso, thanks to the filmmakers initiation into donsoya. His teacher becomes a narrator who carries him and the viewer through a variety of experiences that show the richness of donsoya.

The film received the Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography and a commendation in the RAI Film Prize category at the 14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2015. 


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A Donation to the Museum

Director & Anthropologist Teri F. Brewer
Country/Production UK/USA 
Release 2015
Length 25 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region 
Location England and California
Ethnic Group Tongva (Native American)
Language DEnglish

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Human remains from the California Channel Islands  were donated to an English city museum nearly a century ago.  More recently research began into how they came to be there, and whose remains they are. The story of the remains  turns out to be entwined with the story of the family that donated them to the museum in surprising ways. An international collaboration between curators, archaeologists and descendants  pieced the story together, gleaning  information rom the  available historical records and through non-destructive examinations which together  can provide a foundation for curatorial decisions about the future of such collections  held in an international context.

The Guest

Director & Anthropologist Kira de Hemmer Jeppesen
Country/Production Denmark/UK
Release 2012
Length 20 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Denmark/Sweden
Language Danish/Swedish (English Subtitles)

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Following the personal story of a Danish first-time surrogate mother, The Guest explores issues of maternal bonding, modern families, relatedness, and desired control over body and mind. We follow the mature surrogate and her female partner through the pregnancy, and through intimate interviews we are given a rare insight into the tabooed and secretive world of surrogacy in Scandinavia. In a society where surrogacy is a legal grey area surrounded by much stigmatization, the surrogate and her family deal with prevailing social norms and the possible condemnation by the outside world. The surrogate expresses motivational factors, ethical considerations and thoughts about motherhood, family concerns, gift giving, LGBT rights, and alternative assisted reproduction.

Paradise Bent

Director Heather Croall
Country/Production Australia
Release 1999
Length 51 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Samoa

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Paradise Bent is a fascinating film that tells the story of the Samoan fa'afafines: boys who are raised as girls and take on the domestic duties performed by women around the home, raising the children, caring for the elderly, and bringing the family together. The film explores the role of the fa'afafines, the anthropological records, and the impact of westernization. Through interviews with fa'afafines, academics, and other residents of Samoa, the film explores differing cultural constructions of gender and sexual identity.

Western Outposts

Director Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Country/Production Denmark
Release 2014 (newly digitised release) Original releases 1990/1992
Length 86 min + 54 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Faroe Islands, Gásadalur, Mykines, North Atlantic

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WESTERN OUTPOSTS - Faroese Cinematic Narratives is a DVD box set containing newly digitised versions of Ulla Buje Rasmussen's 1990s films about Faroese life, a 2015 epilogfilm and a 32 page booklet on cultural and social aspects of Faroese life. 

DVD 11700 Meters from the Future

Ulla Boje Rasmussen portrays with humour and empathy life in the small Faroese village of Gásadalur, inhabited by just 16 adults and a 9-year old boy. The film gives a unique insight into the inhabitants living conditions. It portrays their expectations or a long-awaited tunnel through the fell - which cuts off the village from the ourside world as well as from the future. Film awards include "Best Nordic Documentary" (Nordic Panorama 1990, Norway). Presented in a new, digitised version with the epilogfilm, Not on a Friday (2015), depicting the tunnel breakthrough. 

DVD 2 - The Light on Mykines Island

Ulla Boje Rasmussen's at once historical and contemporary documentary from 1992 about the life and nature of the sparsely populated and spellbound island of Mykines. With outstanding footage she portrays the islander's world, whose lives are shapesdby nature. Ecological and social factors threaten the fundamental structure of the minute community. 

+ 32 Page booklet: articles on cultural and social aspects of Faroese life (ENGLISH/DANISH)

+ Bonus material of anthropological value, including photos of Gásadalur by Photographer Johan Elias Mikkelsen

Western Outposts

Director Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Country/Production Denmark
Release 2014 (newly digitised release) Original release 1992
Length 54 min (+12 min extra material)
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Faroe Islands, Mykines, North Atlantic

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Ulla Boje Rasmussen's at once historical and contemporary documentary from 1992 about the life and nature of the sparsely populated and spellbound island of Mykines. With outstanding footage she portrays the islander's world, whose lives are shapesdby nature. Ecological and social factors threaten the fundamental structure of the minute community. 

SOLD AS PART OF THE DVD BOX SET WESTERN OUTPOSTS - Faroese Cinematic Narratives (RAI-200-432)

DVD 1 - 1700 Meters from the Future
DVD 2 - The Light on Mykines Island

+ 32 Page booklet: articles on cultural and social aspects of Faroese life (ENGLISH/DANISH)

+ Bonus material of anthropological value, including photos of Gásadalur by photographer Johan Elias Mikkelsen

 

 The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song © Christy Garland

Director Christy Garland
Country/Production Canada, Denmark
Release 2012
Length 71 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Guyana
Ethnic Group Afroguyanese
Language English/Creole

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Noted anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson (daughter of Margaret Mead) recently chose The Bastard Sings as the film she would introduce with a talk about ageing and poverty, two of the films’ themes, at the Anthropological Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.  The Bastard, using direct cinema style, introduces us to the Smith family in Georgetown, Guyana where both Muscle, and his mother Mary, each struggle to fight the family demons of violence and alcoholism, bringing them into conflict with each other.

The Price of Memory © Karen Marks Mafundikwa

Director Karen Marks Mafundikwa
Country/Production Jamaica
Release 2014
Length 83 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL or NTSC / All region
Location Jamaica, West Indies, London, Bristol and Liverpool
Ethnic Group Rastafari, African-Jamaican


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In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica for her Golden Julibee Celebrations. While there she was petitioned by a group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations are linked to a desire to return to Africa, the homeland of their African ancestors, brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit filed against the Queen. It explores the stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s, and who undertook a historic mission to Africa. Filmed over a decade, it explores the impact of slavery and the movement for reparations led by Jamaica’s Rastafari.