This collaborative project between the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the U of U’s Anthropology Department will expose students and visitors to a variety of films from around the world. These films highlight themes in anthropology, and allow visitors to discuss connections between the films shown and artworks on display at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
Prior to each film, a visit to related museum artworks will set the stage for the discussion of the film by an anthropologist with expertise in the world region. The Museum tours will start at 5:30 pm and each film will begin at 6 pm on Wednesdays. The program will conclude with a post-film discussion. Films contain adult content.
October 13: HaSodot (The Secrets) – Israel (2007) Rated R
Naomi, the stubborn heroine is the brilliant, beautiful, headstrong daughter of a revered Orthodox Israeli rabbi. Exceptionally well schooled in Jewish law, she is the pride and joy of her father. At first, the movie is a sober exploration of limited female opportunities in a rigidly patriarchal environment. But after two French characters are introduced, the movie becomes an intriguing hybrid of austere Israeli and voluptuous French filmmaking traditions.
October 20: The Rabbit-Proof Fence – Australia (2002) Rated PG
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. This is the true story of 3 girls who walked 1500 miles to find their way home. Nominated for a Golden Globe.
October 27: The Story of the Weeping Camel – Mongolia (2003) Rated PG
The Weeping Camel is an enchanting film that follows the adventures of a family of herders in Mongolia’s Gobi region who face a crisis when the mother camel unexpectedly rejects her newborn calf after a particularly difficult birth. Uniquely composed of equal parts reality, drama, and magic, this film is a window into a different way of life and the universal terrain of the heart.
November 3: O Caminho das Nuvens (The Middle of the World) – Brazil (2003) Not Rated
Romão, illiterate and unemployed, feels destiny drawing him on an odyssey to Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of a job and a decent life. A family of seven journeys 2,000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil on bicycles. Along the way, the story explores the inner dynamics of a family facing a great challenge with the courage to pursue dreams.
November 10: Moolaadé (Magical Protection) – Bukina Fasa (2004) Not Rated
Set in Burkina Faso, an inspiring story about a group of women who stand up for their rights against the traditions of their village. When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female circumcision, she starts a conflict that rips her village apart.