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

Date: 

Oct 11, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman
N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

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

Thirty 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.

Film Screening (51 minutes) & Panel Discussion. Free and open to the public. 
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 
Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage
Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with Documentary Educational Resources

Related 

Peabody Museum Exhibition: Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family

Where the Roads All End: Photography and Anthropology in the Kalahari (Peabody Museum Press, 2016) by Ilisa Barbash with a forward by Paul Theroux

October 11, 2018 Film Screening and Discussion at Harvard University: N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

December 1 Family Workshop: Meet the First People of the Kalahari-morning

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