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Ethnographic Film Series explores challenges, movements across the world

image from Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner movie

Image from the movie Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.

The Ethnographic Film Series explores politics, folktales, crimes and tolerance through film. All films will be shown on Mondays at 6 p.m. in 138 Schroeder Hall. Each film will be preceded by an introduction and a discussion will follow its showing.

All films are free and open to the public. The film series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

This year’s films include:
Jaguar – Jan. 26 – This film is an example of cinema verité that depicts the dreams and desires of three young men from Niger who travel to Ghana to make their fortunes.

Forest of Bliss – Feb. 2 – This film is a documentary about the death industry in Benares, India.

We are Equal and The Land Belongs to Those Who Work It – Feb. 9 – These political films focus on the peacefully armed movement for indigenous autonomy in southern Mexico.

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner – Feb. 16 – This award-winning film is an interpretation of an indigenous folktale. This film is the first feature-length film made by an entirely Inuit cast and crew.

Maqbool – Feb. 23 – This Bollywood film is an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set in a world of organized crime and contemporary Bombay.

Nollywood Babylon – March 16 – This film is a documentary featuring a series of movie clips that celebrates the distinctive voice of Nigerian cinema.

Tango with Me – March 23 – This Nollywood film is a contemporary story about marriage, forgiveness, values and faith.

Leviathan – March 20 – This abstract film was shot entirely with GoPro cameras aboard and beneath New England’s fishing vessels.

A Veiled Revolution and Young Arabs – April 6 – These films are both short documentaries and examine headscarves, religious tolerance and western imperialism in Egypt.

The Other – April 13 – The film is an epic love story that depicts the struggles of a powerful Egyptian businessman’s son and his American wife through corruption, power and terrorism.

For more information on the series contact Liv Stone at lkstone@IllinoisState.com or go to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.