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The Anthropologist at Cinema Village November 11 – 17

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Anthropologist Susan Crate (center) and her daughter Katie in “The Anthropologist”

 November 9, 2016. “The Anthropologist,” one of the best documentaries from last year’s DOC NYC, will have its premiere at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street) on Friday, November 11 and will continue playing at Cinema Village, daily, through November 17. Following the 7:15 pm screenings on Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12 the film’s three filmmakers (yes three!), Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger will conduct Q&A sessions with the audiences.

The Anthropologist” is an award winning documentary from Ironbound Films, a unique company which has produced some fascinating documentaries. Previous documentaries from Ironbound Films include the 2012 documentary “Evocateur: the Morton Downey, Jr. Movie” and “The Linguists” (2008).

The Anthropologist” follows anthropologist Susan Crate on her journeys, over a five year period, during which she visits regions which are threatened by global warming right now, as opposed to areas where global warming may be a problem with which to contend in the future. For example, Susan and Katie travel to Siberia where global warming has caused the permafrost to melt. The resulting water, from the melted permafrost, destroys the production of hay, which is needed to feed cows, an important source of food for the people who live there. Crate is accompanied by her, sometimes reluctant, daughter Katie (who ages from 14 to 18 over the course of the film). Read the rest of this entry

The Island President

The Island President, Mohamed Nasheed.

From March 28 – April 10 Film Forum will show director John Shenk’s compelling, frightening and beautifully shot new documentary “The Island President.”  The subject is Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed.

The Maldives are a virtual paradise consisting of 1200 small islands strewn like jewels across the top of the Indian Ocean spanning 400 miles of open sea.  Until Nasheed’s election the Maldives had been under the brutal dictatorial rule of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.  Nasheed led a 20-year pro democracy movement against Gayoom which resulted in Nasheed being imprisoned for 18 months in a corrugated cell and tortured.  He finally emerged as president at the age of 41.   (more…)