This weekend: Kartemquin 'Collectively' at the Mead

Kartemquin is honored to be a part of 'Collectively' at the Margaret Mead Film Festival October 18-20, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The program will bring together three American collectives: Kartemquin Films, Appalshop, and Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC) for a conversation and screening series.

Ashley O'Shay will screen her in-progress feature documentary Unapologetic at the festival. The film captures the next generation of Black organizers confronting a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. After two police killings of Black Chicagoans, two women and their community challenge the city, while redefining the meaning of Black community activism.

Eating Up Easter, a Kartemquin film directed by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, will screen at the festival presented by the Pacific Islanders in Communication. The film explores the dilemma his people are facing. Crafted as a story passed down to his newborn son, Sergio intertwines the authentic history of the island with the stories of four islanders. In their own voices, these Rapanui reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amidst rapid development.

Kartemquin Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will be at the program in-person with the two directors for a conversation with Appalshop and PIC. 

The full schedule of Kartemquin events at the Mead:

October 18, 6:30pmUnapologetic & Now We Live on Clifton (1974) as well as Winnie Wright, Age 11 (1974).

October 20, 12pm: Eating Up Easter (2018), presented by Pacific Islanders in Communication.

On October 20, 5pm: 'Collectively' in Conversation, filmmakers and Kartemquin leadership present for a conversation with Appalshop and PIC.

Established in 1976, the Margaret Mead Film Festival aims to connect viewers to cultures and communities around the world, creating empathy and understanding through visual media. The film festival holds annually at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to honor renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead.