Margaret Mead Film Festival Ulaanbaatar

The Margaret Mead International Documentary film and Video festival in Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) Mongolia will be held during the weekend of 24-26 September 2009  (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), at the Tengis movie theater and M-Club cinema - FREE for the public. The movies will be followed by discussions with the audience.

The festival official Poster,  printable program in WORD and PDF

The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival was founded by the American Museum of Natural History. Organised in UB by the Arts Council of Mongolia,  sponsored by Open Society Institute and suported by Mongolian National Public TV.

Three movies will represent the growing number of Mongolian movie makers: "Uncrowned" (50 min), "I am sorry" (15 min) and   "In search of Truth" (52 min). Other movies are from USA, Israel, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Cameroon, China, Great Britain and Tajikistan. Documentaries include those that touch on Mongolia and the world’s crucial issues such as conflicts, child labor and domestic violence.

Thursday 24 September
M-Club Cinema

M-Club Cinema
Theme: Children without childhood
11:00 - 14:00 "China Blue" (USA/China), and "Window" (Kyrgyzstan)

Theme: Defending yourself
15:00 - 18:00 "Sisters in Law" (Cameron) and "I am Sorry" (Mongolia)

Tengis Movie Theater photo: Unuruu

Tengis Movie Theater
Official opening of the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival
18:30-19:45  "I want to Live" (Kyrgyzstan) and "Uncrowned" (Mongolia)

Friday 25 September

Tengis Theater
Theme: Incredible Journey
11:00 12:30 "A Map With Gaps" (UK), "Two Bicycles" (Kazakhstan) "Reshton's Bread" (Tajikistan)

M-Club Cinema
Theme: View from both sides
14:00-17:00 "Shooting Under Fire" (Germany/Israel/Palestine)  "In search of Truth" (Mongolia)

Saturday 26 September

Tengis Theater
Theme: People surrounding us
11:00-12:20 "Today's Man" (USA), "I want to Live" (Kyrgyzstan),  "Reflection" (Kazakhstan)


About "China Blue" (Opening movie of the festival)

China Bluetakes us inside a blue jeans factory in Southern China, where we follow the lives of Jasmine and her friends, young working girls struggling to fulfill the impossible obligations forced upon them by the factory's owner. The complexities of globalization are brought to a human level through these moving portraits of the young workers who make our clothes.

"China Blue" movie trailer

more of China Blue - the complete movie in 14 parts.
part 1,  part 2,  part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10,
part 11, part 12, part 13, part14,

About "A map with Gaps"  at Tengis Friday September 25, 11:00

Using a combination of archive audio recordings, still photographs, drama reconstruction, and animation, this surreal and comic tale is an account of a journey made by the director's father through Soviet Russia in the early 1970s in a van he built and named "Supervan." Truth can indeed be stranger than fiction, and sometimes the gray area between the two is the most interesting place to explore.

About "Today's Man" at Tengis Satureday September 25, 11:00

Nicky Gottlieb is a young man struggling to leave the comfort and safety of his parents' home and find his place in the world. While he can calculate the square root of any number in the blink of an eye, he has trouble reading the simplest of facial expressions, making social interaction difficult. At the age of 21, he is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. This loving portrait by his filmmaker sister is both a personal exploration of one family's journey and a broader effort to understand this mysterious disorder.

"Today's Man" movie trailer

About "Shooting Under Fire" at M-Club Friday September 25, 14:00

Modern warfare is carried out both on the battlefield and in the media. More and more, we rely on journalists and photographers to provide us with unbiased access to events as they happen. Shooting Under Fire introduces Reinhard Krause, head of the Reuters photo bureau in the West Bank and Gaza, and his team of local Israeli and Palestinian photographers who cover both sides of the Israeli conflict. This riveting film highlights the individuals who risk their lives to bring us the pictures.

Trailer of "Shooting Under Fire"

About Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) was a respected and controversial  American cultural anthropologist.  Her first book Coming of Age in Samoa  about the healthy attitude towards SEX in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures made her famous and influenced the western sexual revolution in the 1960s.

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