This year, as Co-Director of the 2014 SVA Film and Media Festival taking place during the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., I've been working with many others to organize some really exciting special events in addition to our already great film program. The special events include a special anniversary screening of Trinh T. Minh-ha's seminal work, Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989), followed by a discussion with the filmmaker about feminist perspectives on ethnography and film. I'll moderate the discussion, and I'm really looking forward to bringing this important work back into conversation with anthropologists.
We're also featuring a roundtable discussion on the distribution of ethnographic films, featuring filmmakers, anthropologists, the director of DER (one of the most important distributors of anthropological films), and a specialist on film festivals. And, we've also arranged a screening of the director's cut of The Act of Killing (2012), and the filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer will be present afterwards for q&a.
All this means that the already packed AAA meeting schedule just got more full for all of us -- but I am really pleased to bring these events to DC and to foster more opportunities to think about, and think through, the relationships between film and anthropology. Check out the link above for full session details and descriptions!