The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

Date: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Image of N!aiThirty years after its release, N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. Directed and edited by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer, the film documents the life of N!ai, a Ju/hoan woman and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, and it presents an intimate portrait of life in one of the last hunting and gathering communities. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Documentary Educational Resources, this program will explore the film’s importance to the preservation of intangible culture, and Marshall’s influence on the development of educational, personal, and activist documentaries.

Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with Documentary Educational Resources. More information here.

Free and open to the public. Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage

Michael Ambrosino, Former Public Television Executive Producer; Creator of PBS series NOVA and Odyssey

Ilisa Barbash, Curator of Visual Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Sue Marshall Cabezas, Former Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources

Ross McElwee, Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

Moderated by Alice Apley, Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources