General
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Aztec, Maya, Inca, Olmec
Indians of North America SEE separate Indigenous Peoples of North American videography
Asia (including South and Southeast Asia) and Oceania
Europe/Eastern Europe
Middle East
United States

Documentaries about Global Tourism

Music (for ethnomusicology by region)
Africa
South and South East Asia and Oceania Studies
Latin America and the Caribbean
Shockumentaries and Exploitation Ethnography
World Religions and Myths

Books and articles on documentary and ethnographic film in the UCB library

HADDON project (Oxford University)
Documentary Educational Resources
Film Archive of Human Ethology (Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology)

General

Across the Frontiers (Tribal Eye).
Discusses the international processes and positive and negative external forces that effect change in tribal societies.1976 52 min. Video/C 181

Body Art
Throughout history people in nearly every culture have decorated or altered their bodies. The reasons are as varied as the patterns and processes: they seek to define themselves and their positions in society, to declare their allegiance to a god or to a cause, to conform to the customs of a group or to shock or entertain. From body painting to piercing to scarification, from tattoos to plastic surgery, from the Bronze age to the computer age, this film explores and celebrates the stunning diversity of body art. 2000. 50 min. DVD 1239

Claude Levi-Strauss
Presents an interview of anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss by Jean Jose Marchand filmed in 1972. He talks about his life, and the development of his theories on structuralism in the thought and culture of primal man, as seen in remote groups in the Brazilian Amazon. In French. 2004. 60 min. DVD 6650

Different Paths: Shamanism, Cults, and Religion on Demand
Examines less traditional belief systems, practices and rituals as alternatives to organized religion. Looks at Shamanism, Millennialism, Astrology, and the upsurge of New Age religions. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 9675

Early Stone Tools
Professor Francois Bordes at the University of Bordeaux in France demonstrates some of the percussion flaking techniques which early man and his predecessors may have used to produce a variety of tools. Shows actual prehistoric tools from such sites as Olduvai Gorge, Clacton by the Sea, and various Neanderthal sites. Uses animation to show how the development of these tools parallels the evolution of man himself from his Australopithecine forebears to Homo sapiens. 199-? 20 min. Video/C MM734

Faces of Culture

Anthropology and the Future
Ira R. Abrams, Laura Nader, and Napoleon Chagnon, each anthropologists with different areas of interest, discuss such questions as field work ethics, how best to use research findings, and the problems and promises of applied anthropology. The applicability of anthropological methods to the study of modern, complex societies is also examined. 30 min. DVD 8213 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9889

The Future of Humanity. Provides expert speculations about the positive directions of future changes, such as space exploration, expansion of human intelligence, and biomedical changes which could lengthen the human life span. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 9890

Culture Change. Cultures are always changing. Sometimes the change is slow and peaceful, other times it is rapid and violent. Change can be stimulated from within a culture such as an invention or an idea, or it may result from the introduction of an object or idea from outside the culture. Cultures and countries used as examples include the Manus of New Guinea, Indians of Brazil, Eskimos and the people of India and Iran. 1983. 28 min. Video/C 9891

The Arts. The purpose and use of the arts in society is examined in this program. A society can be understood through its art, music, dance, painting, sculpture, tatoos, body painting and other artistic expressions. Countries used as examples include Egypt (Tomb of Tutankhamen), Tibet, Bali, Mexico and the United States.1994. 28 min. Video/C 9892

Social Control. Examines diverse forms of legal systems designed to maintain order within a society including various kinds of conflict resolution and sanctions ranging from formal trials and mediation to "trial by ordeal" as practiced in India. Cultures and countries used as examples include the Amish of Pennsylvania, Eskimos and the Masai and Barabaig peoples of Africa.1994. 28 min. Video/C 9893

Patterns of Subsistence: The Food Producers. The concept of food production and its impact upon the organization of society is explored. Included are the concept of land ownership, specialization of labor, social stratification and the advent of formal government. The Mexican Yucatan Maya, Melanesian agriculturalists and an Afghanistan village are used as examples. 1994. 29 min. Video/C 9895

The Nature of Culture. The definition of culture is explored through contrasting traditional societies with modern societies. Western society and its symbolic systems are contrasted wth the !Kung Tribe, the Txukarrame of the Amazon and the Boran of Kenya. c1983. 30 min. Video/C 9896

Age, Common Interest, and Stratification(Faces of Culture)
Discusses three methods of grouping, which are common to most societies. Included are age grading among the Masai; vocational stratification in the Brotherhood of Black Pullmen Porters; and social stratification in an affluent American family, the caste system in India, and South African apartheid. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM10

Kinship and Descent. Part I (Faces of Culture)
This program examines inheritance patterns, children's names, married names, and important family names in business and government as cultural examples of kinship and descent in the United States. This is contrasted with matrilineal descent patterns among the Trobriand Islanders, and economic and religious elements in the Mendi clans. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM8

Kinship and Descent. Part II (Faces of Culture)
This program explores the question, "Is there a relationship between subsistance patterns and the degree of importance placed on kinship and descent?" Kindred is defined and the role of kindred is examined in hunting and gathering, horticultural and intensive agricultural societies. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM9

Language and Communication(Faces of Culture)
Shows how language, the primary means of human communication, is expressed in the sounds and movements of every culture to express feelings and aspirations. Discusses the structure and development of human language and its relationship to thought, as well as the significance of body language. Compares dialects and the language of Black Americans, Hopi Indians, African Nuers and other cultural groups to investigate whether thought reflects or influences culture. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM11

Culture and Personality(Faces of Culture)
This program begins with a definition of enculturation and Margaret Mead's attempt to document the influence of culture on individual personality. The link between culture and personality is further examined through a discussion of the strength and weaknesses of National Character studies conducted during the 1940's and contrasting "core values" in three cultures: Japan, China and the United States. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM3

Economic Anthropology
Examines both western and non-western economic practices and points out the importance of understanding the total integration between economic practices and the values and practices of the larger culture. Various cultural systems for the distribution of limited goods and services are examined, from equal distribution of goods among the !Kung to the balanced reciprocity among the Yanomamo Indians and the Trobriand Islanders; from barter among the Mendi of Papua New Guinea to the market place in Afghanistan. 1987. 29 min. Video/C 9998

Fashion and Clothing
Various experts discuss the origins and history of clothing from the ancients to the moderns. Topics include symbolism associated with clothing, such as gender and status, sexism in fashion, the impact of wartime rationing on clothing styles, fashion icons such as Coco Chanel and body piercing and tatoos as a form of contemporary personal expression. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 9678

For Richer, For Poorer(New Pacific; 6)
Compares and contrasts weddings in China, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, showing how the institution of marriage is a key to understanding the social attitudes of the various cultures. 1985. 50 min. Video/C MM583

Four Families.
A comparison of child rearing practices in India, France, Japan, and Canada. Anthropologist Margaret Mead discusses how the upbringing of the child contributes to a distinctive national character. 199-?. 59 min. Video/C 3449

Franz Boas, 1858-1942.
Examines the life of Franz Boas, anthropologist, scientist, explorer, to help the viewer better understand his accomplishments and philosophies. c1980. 60 min. DVD 4056 (preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 276

[Freeman, Paul] Paul Freeman Collection
Presents videos documenting rituals of healing and social therapy encountered among traditional people throughout the world. Disc 1: Japan, Festival for the Dead, Itako Festival (1991, 71 min.) -- Disc 2. California "The spirit lives," Terry Li, Pomo indian spirituality (1981, 27 min.) -- Disc 3. India "Temples and healers," Traditional treatment by Antti Pakaslahti (1997, 36 min.) -- Disc 4. Pakistan and India, Transcultural psychiatry meetings on religious ritual and festivals in North India (1995, 37 min.) -- Disc 6. Cambodia, travels with mental health worker Chhieng Tan (1995, 67 min.) DVD 3867

Guns, Germs, and Steel
An epic detective story that offers a gripping expose on why the world is so unequal. Professor Jared Diamond traveled the globe for over 30 years trying to answer this question: Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? Diamond dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. Disc. 1. Episode 1. Out of Eden / produced & directed by Tim Lambert ; Episode 2. Conquest / produced & directed by Tim Lambert -- Disc 2. Episode 3. Into the tropics / director, Cassian Harrison -- special features. 2004. 165 min. DVD 8235

History of Sex
Series exploring the worldwide history of sex and sexual practices from ancient civilizations through the 20th century. 1999. 50 min. each installment

Ancient Civilizations. Explores the history of sex and sexual practices in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Babylon, Rome, Greece and Egypt. From fertility rights to the temples of love, highlights how sex and sexual practices infiltratred ancient mythology, from the earliest dynasties to the Roman bacchanalias and Greek gods. Video/C 9170
Eastern World. The Eastern world for centuries has regarded sex not only as natural but also as mind-expanding and spiritual. With an intriguing perspective on the connection between sexuality, philosophy and spirituality, this segment gives an intimate glimpse inside China, Japan, India and the Arab world -- the homes to mystery, exploration and the religious classification of sex. Video/C 9171
The Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages, the evolution of sexual beliefs and practices was inspired by religion. From the fall of the Roman Empire through the Renaissance, sexuality went under cover, only to emerge with strict rules and imposed shame. Pagan rituals, gnostic cults, romantic troubadours, chivalrous knights, chaste maidens and courtly love are just a few of the conflicting extremes that define Medieval sexuality. Video/C 9172
From Don Juan to Queen Victoria. In the 19th century various views of sex flourished. The ideal woman evolved, submissive, quiet and gentle. But underneath the surface the rhythm of this period beat with scandalous pleasure which included prostitution and brothels. Part five: The 20th century has seen western society's view of sexuality evolve at a rapid rate. Spurred on by the Industrial Revolution, women's liberation and the proliferation of the media, the line between experimentation and exploitation has been blurred. Video/C 9173

The Human Hambone
Highlights the talents of a wide variety of both amateur and professional musicians and dancers throughout North America who use every part of the human body to make music. Also examines body music within an anthropological and biological framework, demonstrating how the body is filled with natural "clocks," which account for the fundamental human connection with rhythm. Performers/commentators: Sam McGrier, DC Coaliton Step Team, Radioactive, Click the Supah Latin, Artis the Spoonman ; Derique McGee, Brian Williams (Birdman), Keith Terry, Sandy Silva, Bob Moses, Larry M. Schwarz, Guy Davis, Jimmy Slyde, Andrew Nemr. 2005. 47 min. DVD 5145

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Innocents Abroad
A delightful, light-hearted documentary about forty American tourists visiting ten European countries in a whirlwind two weeks. Starting in London and visiting Amsterdam, Heidelberg, The Black Forest, Lucerne,Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Nice, Avignon and Paris, the film chronicles a diverse group experiencing Europe for the first time. Not a typical travelogue but an exploration of the experience of travel, this film provides human interest and sociological insights. A film by Les Blank. Dist.: Flower Films.1991. 84 min. Video/C 7643

Jean Rouch
Interview of Jean Rouch by Robert Gardner. As a filmmaker, Rouch left a legacy of more than 120 films. His half century of ethnographic filmmaking in Africa distinguished him as a master of the documentary form. Jean Rouch appeared on Screening Room in July 1980 and screened Les Maitres Fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of Work and Death of a Priest. Originally broadcast in 1980. 64 min. DVD 4491

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Jean Rouch and His Camera in the Heart of Africa
This program provides an in-depth look at the film work of Jean Rouch and his associates from Niger who participated in production of many of Rouch's Niger-based films. Rouch, Philo Bregstein and Niger cameramen discuss filmmaking and filmmakers who have had historical influence in the field. Segments from several of Rouch's earlier film works are interspersed with the filming in Niger and interviews. 1978. 74 min. Video/C 9202

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The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance.
A comprehensive (31 volume) compilation of world dance and music.

Dance Research Journal v25, n2 (Fall, 1993):49-51.

[Kroeber, A.L.] Samuel Barrett Interviews A.L. Kroeber, 1960
Samuel Barrett, the first Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, interviews anthropologist A.L. Kroeber, the first faculty member in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology. 1:09 minutes.

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Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed.
Dealing with the controversies as well as the accomplishments of Margaret Mead's life, this program weaves together a story of a scientist, adventurer and international celebrity whose ideas shaped how we think about ourselves. 1995. 85 min. Video/C 5058

Margaret Mead, Taking Note.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead was largely responsible for popularizing anthropology in America. From her pioneering studies of children to her speeches about the fate of the environment, Mead was both a student of the world and its teacher. c1981. 60 min. Video/C 4156

Der Menschen Forscher
Presents a provocative and powerful examination of the life and theories of famed Austrian anthropologist Rudolf Poch. A major figure in the history of 20th-century European anthropology, Poch did field work in New Guinea and the Kalahari, and during World War I, did research in POW camps studying the physical attributes of Russian prisoners. He used these studies to substantiate his theories on racial purity and superiority later used by the Nazis. The program poses a variety of questions central to the very nature of anthropology, its uses and abuses. 1992. 60 min. Video/C MM609

Modern Myths
All communities embrace organizing principles that are indispensable to their cohesion, imposing order on chaos and allowing individuals to function in groups. Many of these principles are related through myths. In this program, the transformation of the earlier "savior" myth into the modern myth of the "hero" is examined. Also discussed are how social myths such as "progress" facilitate modern industrial societies, and the myth of the "star" as a social construct that provides the audience with an object on which to project its ideals. 1999. 53 min. Video/C 9674

Modern Tribalism
Journey into America's primitive soul in this graphic, unflinching and startlingly touching documentary about the resurgence of humanity's oldest and most intense rituals. From garden-variety tattooing, to frenzied effigy-burning festivals, to the disturbing extremes of body-piercing, this documentary explores the cultural context surrounding this underground movement. 2002. 77 min. DVD 1403

Mondo Cane.
A classic bit of sensationalist "documentary" featuring thirty sequences of eccentric human behavior, including cannibalism, pig killing, dog meat restaurants in Taiwan, human laceration in Italy, social customs of New Guinea, the "death houses" of Singapore, Ginkha soldiers dressed as women, Rossano Brazzi's violent fans, social attitudes towards overweight women in various cultures, pet cemetaries, etc. Videocassette release of a motion picture originally produced in 1961. 107 min. Video/C 4903

Morning with Asch.
Jayasinhji Jhala, professor of Anthropology at Temple University, interviews filmmaker, educator and visual anthropologist, Timothy Asch, in his Los Angeles home. Asch, expresses his views on his life and work and reveals intimate perspectives on confronting his death from cancer. Excerpts from Asch's films representing his groundbreaking fieldwork with the Yanomamo and the indigenous peoples of Indonesia are woven into the dialogue. 1955. 45 min. Video/C 4812

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Political Organization
This program profiles the four major forms of political organization: bands, tribes, chiefdoms, and states. Groups studied are the Kung of southwestern Africa, the Mendi of New Guinea, the chiefdom of the Kpelle of Liberia, and concept of a state as exemplified by the theocratic government of Tibet which is presently in exile in India. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM1

Religion and Magic
While all cultures exhibit some religious practices andbeliefs, the forms taken are diverse. The animism practiced by American Indians, the mixture of ancient religion and Roman Catholicism among the Highland Maya, the ritual of Eka Dasa Rudra among the Balinese and successful and unsuccessful modern movements serve to illustrate the thesis. c1983. 30 min. Video/c 578

Return of the Tribal: Body Piercing
For some people, body modification is a form of pop expression, while for others it is a rite of passage and a symbol of belonging. This program travels through the United States, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka to examine different types of body modification practiced today, including body painting, tattooing, scarification, body piercing, and structural alteration. 2000. 50 min. Video/C 8900

Rouch in Reverse.
A film by Manthia Diawara. French ethnologist/filmmaker, Jean Rouch discusses his work with Manthia Diawara. Includes a cross-section of Rouch's work with clips from his documentary Les Maitres Fous, his cinema verite classic, Chronique D'ete, and his pioneering masterpiece Moi, Un Noir(Treichville). Throughout the interview Diawara places Rouch's films in the context of the on-going struggle of Africans to construct their own vision of modernity. c1995. 51 min. Video/C 4484

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Rouch's Gang (De bende van Rouch)
Follows the film crew of "Madame l'Eau" and provides a glimpse behind the scenes as director Jean Rouch and his four friends from Niger make their film. This outsider's view of "Madame l'Eau" provides insight into how Rouch approaches his films. In most of his films, Jean Rouch has used his four African friends; Damoure Zika, Lam Ibrahim Dia and Tallou Mouzourane as actors and Moussa Hamidou as sound man. Rouch has been their friend for more than forty years and this complex bond of friendship serves as the theme for this documentary. 1998. 70 min. Video/C 6566

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Ruins: A Fake Documentary
Counterfeiting is a practice with broad implications, from the merest of fake objects to entire histories shaped as facsimile. Here filmmaker Lerner collates early colonial misconceptions of the Mexican populace, a jumble of ethnographic and political distortions. From there he charts the process that recontextualizes archeological objects as art. At the center of the film is master forger Brigido Lara, whose pre-columbian objects have been exhibited in major museums throughout the U.S. and Europe. A film by Jesse Lerner. 1999. 78 min. Video/C 9205

The Sacred
All communities hold something sacred, whether it is a supreme being, nature, or life itself. This program explores the role of the sacred in societies, from the most primitive forms of animism to the contemporary secular institutions that have sacred attributes. The importance of ritual, signs, and specific individuals in disparate cultures is addressed by noted anthropologists. The program also addresses the role of myth, stressing the universal presence of the mother goddess in all early religions. 1997. 48 min. Video/C 9677

Shamanism: A Universal Science
This program cuts across cultures and national boundaries to delve into the world of Shamanic medicine. Shamans from four countries, ritualistic dancers, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a doctor, and others investigate this form of traditional healing, contrasting it with Western medical science. The interviews took place at the Shamanism and Healing Congress, held in Pavia, Italy. Originally produced in 1998. 38 min. Video/C 6821

Strangers Abroad: Pioneers of Social Anthropology.

The Shackles of Tradition. Profile of the German scientist who is considered the founding father of American anthropology, beginningwith his investigations of the relations between Eskimo migrations and the physical geography of their region and extending to his fieldwork among the Indian tribes of the Northwest Coast of America. c1990. 52 min. Video/C 3852

Everything is Relatives. William Rivers, who originally trained as a doctor, did work as a pioneering psychologist in the First World War. This background enabled Rivers to bring a scientific approach to anthropology and to set the trend for anthropologists to go and visit the cultures they are studying rather than stay at home and theorize. River's did his major field work with Torres Strait Australian aborigines and with a hill tribe in Southern India, the Todas. 1990. 52 min. Video/C 3853

Off the Verandah. Bronislaw Malinowski was the anthropologist who really changed the way field studies were carried out. He worked on a remote group of Pacific islands, The Trobriands, and lived for long periods among the people he was studying and made their lives intelligible to the West. 1990. 52 min. Video/C 3854

Coming of Age. Chronicles the life and career of Margaret Mead, one of the most controversial anthropologists and fieldworkers of her day. Includes original footage from American Samoa, New Guinea and Bali. 1990. 52 min. Video/C 3855

Strange Beliefs. Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard was the first trained anthropologist to do work in Africa, where he lived among the Azande in Zaire and studied their belief in witchcraft and later worked with the Neur tribe in the Sudan. 1990. 52 min. Video/C 3856

Taking Pictures.
Australian documentary filmmakers explore the issues and pitfalls of filming across cultural boundaries through interviews and samples of their films of Papua New Guinea including Trobriand Cricket, First Contact, The Shark Callers of Kontu, Joe Leah's Neighbors, Black Harvest, Cannibal tours, and others. It also covers the work of indigenous Papua New Guinea filmmakers and their own experience making sense of film and culture. Featuring: Gary Kildea, Dennis O'Rourke, Chris Owen, Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson, Steve McMillan, Martin Maden, Ian Dunlop, Kuman Kolain. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 4933

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A World of Differences: Understanding Cross-cultural Communication.
Highlights the potentials for misunderstanding when different cultures interact. Examines problem areas of food, gestures, idioms, ritual and courtesy, touch and personal space, emotion, parents and children, courtship and marriage, and intercultural couples. 1997. 35 min. Video/C 4716

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A World of Food: Tastes & Taboos in Different Cultures.
Examines some of the attitudes that make food a fascinating focus of powerful cultural and individual differences. In this film food choices are divided into 7 primary categories and a variety of individuals from various cultures and ethnic and religious affiliations are interviewed concerning what they are willing to eat and why. Professor Dane Archer, UC Santa Cruz, presenter. c2000. 36 min. Video/C 7468

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A World of Gestures: Culture & Nonverbal Communication.
Gestures from different cultures around the world are explored. People from many nations are shown performing all kinds of gestures pecular to their culture. Also explored are the meaning, function and origin of gestures. c1991. 27 min. Video/C 2429

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Africa

Africa Speaks!
Narrator, Lowell Thomas. Documentary account of Paul Hoefler's photography expedition through central Africa in 1928-1929. Containing many varied and interesting shots of African tribes and wildlife, the film footage from it was later interpolated into many jungle-themed adventure movies. Originally released as a motion picture in 1930. 60 min. Video/C MM536

Angano...Angano: Tales from Madagascar.
Contemporary storytellers recount the founding myths of Malagasy culture, the creation of man and woman, the origin of rice cultivation, the reason for animal sacrifice. 1989. 64 min. Video/C 3771

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Baka: People of the Forest
Depicts a journey to a rain forest in southeastern Cameroon, home of the Baka people. The camera follows a family -- father, mother, and two young sons -- for an intimate look at everyday life in a hunter-gatherer society. Viewers join the Baka by day as they harvest honey, catch fish, and use forest plants to make medicines and see them by night as legends are passed on and as a family prepares for the birth of a baby. Originally produced in 1988. 61 min. Video/C 9539

Behind the Mask (Tribal Eye)
Examines some of the carved ceremonial masks of the Dogon tribe of Nigeria. Shows how these artifacts are created and explains how they are used in the Dogons' sacred rituals. 1976. 52 min. Video/C 176

Bitter Melons. (!Kung San Series).
Portrays the difficulty of survival in the central Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, in a zone where game is scarce because waterholes are dry most of the year. A native musician performs songs about animals, the land, and the social life. Includes traditional music, dances, and children's games. Director/camera, John Marshall. 1991. 30 min. Video/C 3427

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Bo-ru, the Ape Boy.
This documentary gives an example of a boy who was raised by apes, found by an African tribe and assimilated into their village. Presents remarkable ethnographic photography of Africa in the early 1930s. "Produced and directed in the heart of Africa by Major C. Court Treatt." Originally produced in 1930. 35 min. Video/C MM535

Dance, Voodoo, Dance (Benin).
Among the many ethnic groups of Benin, two in particular stand out as practitioners of the ancient rites of voodoo. This program explains who the voodoo practitioners are as well as the mythical origins of their cult; it also shows the music and dance of these two groups. c1992.15 min. Video/C 3028

Debe's Tantrum (!Kung San series).
When 5 year old Debe is not allowed to accompany his mother on a gathering expedition he resorts to a temper tantrum to get his way. 199-?. 9 min. Video/C 3424

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Deep Hearts
An ethnographic portrayal of the Bororo people of Niger, showing an annual ritual dance, which symbolizes their beliefs about containing and controlling their feelings of love. Photography, Robert Gardner, Robert Fulton; editors, Robert Gardner, Robert Fulton. 1979. 58 min. DVD 5508

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Hamar Trilogy.

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The Women Who Smile The first program in a trilogy focusing on the Hamar, an isolated people of Southwestern Ethiopia. In this film Duka, a young unmarried Hamar girl, learns what awaits her in life from the older women of her tribe. Their often humorous conversations range from pregnancy and growing old to relationships with men. Although the men are dominant, the women are not servile. Shows harvest celebrations and the blessing ceremony for a new baby. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 4513

Two Girls Go Hunting. The second program in a trilogy focusing on the Hamar, an isolated people of Southwestern Ethiopia. This film shows Duka and her friend, Gardi, as they prepare to marry men they have never met. The film follows Duka, from the build-up to the marriage, from the all night vigil with girlfriends, to farewells when the bride is taken away at dawn to the village of her husband's family, the arrival in the village and the preparation of the prospective bride for the ceremony by the mother-in-law. 50 min. Video/C 4514

Our Way of Loving. The third program in a trilogy focusing on the Hamar, an isolated people of Southwestern Ethiopia. This film shows Duka, now a mother with two young children. Her life is dominated by caring for them and her husband, Sago. Although Sago and Duka seem to have an affectionate marriage, he beats her when provoked. She accepts this behavior for she believes it is a man's way of loving. Film also shows the ceremony of Sago's cousin's initiation into manhood. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 4515

Healers of Ghana.
Explores the traditional medical practices of the Bono people of central Ghana and how their healers are accommodating the conflict between the arrival of Western medicine and their religious beliefs. Traditionally, Bono tribal priests undergo a painful spiritual possession, during which deities reveal to them the causes of illnesses, which plants to use to treat them, who is perpetrating witchcraft, and which villagers might be endangering society through improper behavior. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 5002

Herdsmen of the Sun (Wodaabe les bergers du soleil)
A documentary film of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region with a focus on the courtship rituals of the tribe. Once a year in what amounts to a beauty pageant, the young men dress up and parade in front of the women. Each woman must then chose and spend the next few nights with the man she finds most beautiful. Directed by Werner Herzog. 1988. 54 min. DVD 6506; vhs Video/C 9557

The Hunters (!Kung San series).
In this classic documentary, the Kalahari Bushmen of Africa wage a constant war for survival against the hot arid climate and unyielding soil. 'The Hunters' focuses on four men who undertake a hunt to obtain meat for their village. The chronicle of their 13-day. Writer/director, John Marshall. 1957. 72 min. Video/C 3428

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Jaguar.
A film by Jean Rouche. A documentary of three men from Niger who leave Niger to seek wealth and adventure in the coastal cities of Ghana then called the Gold Coast. Film portrays conditions that existed in West Africa in the 1950's when it was possible to travel freely and there was an exhilarating sense of opportunity in the air. 198-. 93 min. Video/C 3459 [also on DVD 3911, Disc 3 without English subtitles]

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Jean Rouch
Presents ten films by ethnologist Jean Rouch, along with interviews of the filmmaker, famous for his Niger-based films. All films in French without English subtitles

Disc 1. Cine-Transe: Les Maitres fous (1956, 28 min.) -- Mammy Water (1956, 18 min.) -- Les Tambours d'avant/Tourou et Bitti (1972, 9 min.) ; Cine-conte: La chasse au lion a l'arc (1967, 77 min.) -- Un lion nomme l'Americain (1972, 20 min.) --- Disc 2. Cine-Plaisir: Jaguar (1967, 88 min.) -- Moi, un noir (1959, 70 min.) --- Disc 3. Cine-Rencontre: Petit a petit (1971, 92 min.) -- La pyramide humaine (1961, 88 min.) -- Disc 4. Cine-Rouch: Jean Rouch raconte a Pierre-Andre Boutang (104 min.) -- A propos de Jean Rouch, conversation Bernard Surugue et Patrick Leboutte -- Le double d'hier a rencontre demain / un film de Luc Riolon et Bernard Surugue (2004, 10 min.) -- Le Veuves de 15 ans / un film de Jean Rouch (1965, 24 min.)DVD (PAL, Region 9) DVD 3911

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Jean Rouch: Premier Film : 1947-1991 (First Film, 1947-1991)
Filmmaker Jean Rouch improvises a new commentary for his first film made in 1947, "In the land of the Black Magi" (Au pays des mages noirs). He explains the sacrifices he made due to the producer ; his footage was re-edited with a new ending, new titles, stock footage, "tropical muzak," and a newsreel-style narration heavy on drama and highlighting the exotic. Here the insight of Rouch emerges as he "finishes" and restores the film, improvising a new commentary and transforming it into a new form in which the film's true meaning is illuminated and the humanity of the subjects restored. 27 min. DVD 4951

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A Joking Relationship (!Kung San series).
Examines humor as an important part of institutionalized kinship behavior among the !Kung Bushman. 199-. 13 min. Video/C 3429

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The King Does Not Lie: the Initiation of a Priest of Shango
Documentary showing the ritual and ceremony associated with the initiation of a priest of Shango, the Thundergod of the traditional Yoruba religion. Takes place in a contemporary Puerto Rican community among New World practitioners of the ancient religion, Santeria. c1992. 44 min. Video/C8425

Kingdom of Bronze (Tribal Eye).
Traces the development of skillful bronze casting techniques practiced by the Beni tribe of Nigeria. 1976. 52 min. Video/C 180

Lion Hunters (La chasse au lion a larc)
A film by Jean Rouch. An ethnographic study which follows a band of Niger hunters from the elaborate preparations for lion hunting through the actual kill. Lion hunting is reserved by tradition to the Gao, a group of professional hunters, masters of the techniques and rituals of poison-making. The film describes the intricacies of brewing the poison for the arrows and discusses the passion of the kill. 1965. 68 min. Video/C 9740 [also on DVD 3911, Disc 1 without English subtitles]

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Bibliography of articles/books about Rouch

Lorang's Way (Turkana Conversations; 1).
A multifaceted portrait of Lorang, a prosperous member of the Turkana tribe, seminomadic, isolated herders who inhabit the dry thorn country of northwestern Kenya, to whom the possession of livestock represents wealth. Produced and directed by David and Judith MacDougall. c1977. 69 min. DVD 3116; also VHS Video/C 2430

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MacDougall; MacDougall, David; MacDougall, Judith; Ilisa Barbash; Lucien Taylor. "Radically Empirical Documentary: An Interview with David and Judith MacDougall Film Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 2 (Winter, 2000), pp. 2-14 UC users only

Les Maitres Fous (The Mad Masters
This film documents the Haouka cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920's to the 1950's. Shows them living and working in Accra and participating in a primitive tribal ceremony. A film by Jean Rouch. 1986?. 29 min. Video/C 3460 [also on DVD 3911, Disc 1 without English subtitles]

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Bibliography of articles/books about Rouch

Mammy Water: In Search of the Water Spirits in Nigeria.
Film features Mammy Water (a water deity worshipped in Nigeria) rituals and interviews devotees and their leaders. 1991? 59 min. Video/C 2360

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Marriage of Marimu = Arusi ya Mariamu.
Dramatization reflecting traditional African cultural patterns, focusing on healing with herbal remedies. c1985. 36 min. Video/C 3580

The Mende (Disappearing World).
Documentary on the life and customs of the Mende, West African people of the rain forests of southern Sierra Leone and adjacent parts of Liberia. c1991. 51 min. DVD 7124 [preservation]; vhs Video/C 3431

A Month for the Entertainment of Spirits: African-Guyanese Spiritualist Ceremonies
Documents the rituals practiced by Blacks who follow the "cumfa" religion, which is based on dancing, drumming, and spirit possession and is influenced by African and Christian traditions. During August (the month in which Guyanese slaves were emancipated), descendants of Yoruba ex-slaves engage in libation ceremonies to communicate with their ancestors. Three other ceremonies are also documented. 1991. 29 min. DVD 8212 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM793

N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman.
A compilation of footage of the !Kung people of Namibia from 1951 through 1978. Focuses on the changes in the life of these people as seen through the reflections of one woman, N!ai. A film by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer. 1980. 60 min. Video/C 259

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Naked Africa.
A bogus bit of sensationalism which purports to survey the manners and mores of "contemporary" Africans in 1957. Reynolds, a "noted journalist," observes that parts of the continent have been westernized. However, these scenes are of rural Africa where white men have rarely visited. They focus on native girls performing the "python dance", a rite that celebrates their arrival at womanhood, lions stalking and killing zebras and antelopes, and 18-year old tribal youths undergoing a ritual of manhood. 1996. 70 min. Video/C 4904

Naked Spaces: Living is Round.
Exquisitely photographed, rich in detail and texture this film explores the daily rhythms and ritual life in the rural environment of six West African countries. This sensuous and philosophical journey explicitly challenges documentary and ethnographic film language, throwing into question prevailing formulas for visual ethnographic studies. 1985. 135 min. Video/C 6235

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The Nuer.
Presents the most important relationships and events in the lives of the Nuer, Nilotic people in Sudan and on the Ethiopian border. Demonstrates the vital significance of cattle and their central importance in all Nuer thought and behavior. Includes extensive use of Nuer music and poetry. Produced by Hilary Harris, George Bridenbach and Robert Gardner. 1971. 75 min. DVD 5495; vhs Video/C 3398

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N/um Tchai: The Ceremonial Dance of the !Kung Bushmen (!Kung San series).
Documents a formalized Bushman curing ceremony in the Kalahari Desert area of South West Africa by showing an all-night n/um tchai (medicine dance) in which a number of men go into trance and exercise special curing powers. Divided into two parts: the first reviews and explains typical dance scenes; the second shows the ceremony without narration. A film by John Marshall. 1969. 20 min. Video/C 3421

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Orphans of Passage (Disappearing Worlds series)
For five years, the Uduk people of southern Sudan have fled civil war and domestic strife. In 1988, they were attacked by Sudanese government forces and escaped to Ethiopia. When the Ethiopian government fell, they were caught up in another brutal conflict. Since then, they have crossed the Sudanese-Ethiopian border five times seeking safe haven. Along the way they lost possessions, children, and a way of life, but in the midst of the horror, they found a new understanding of who they are, and a new religion--Christianity. Producer/director, Bruce MacDonald ; anthropologist, Wendy James. c1993. DVD 7811 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3437

Patterns of Subsistance: Hunter-Gatherers and Pastoralists
This is the first of a two-part examination of various subsistance patterns. Selected roles among the Kung, the Mbuti and the Nuer of Africa, the Netsilik Eskimos, and the Basseri of Iran are used to illustrate the patterns and relationships. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 577

Pygmies of the Rain Forest
Details the everyday life of the Mbuti Pygmies in the remote Ituri Forest of Zaire, Africa whose mode of living has remained essentially unchanged for thousands of years. As nomads they grow no crops but instead utilize all of the resources of the forest for their daily needs: the building of shelters, creation of clothing, food gathering and hunting. Producer, director, and writer, Kevin Duffy. 1976. 51 min. Video/C 4723

Rivers of Sand
Portrays the people called the Hamar who live in the scrubland of southwestern Ethiopia. Points out that in this society, men are masters and women are slaves. Shows how this sexual inequality affects the mood and behavior of the people. A film by Robert Gardner. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1973. 83 min. DVD 5507; Video/C 4485

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Sangoma.
In South Africa, traditional healers have always been regarded with suspicion by practitioners of Western medicine. New efforts to integrate traditional healers into primary health care, nutritional education, and AIDS work holds some promise for a public health system under siege. 1996. 54 min. Video/C 4635

Simba
Records Martin and Osa Johnson's expedition to East Africa, the chief purpose of which was to capture on film rapidly disappearing African wildlife as well as East African peoples (Samburu, Dorobo, etc.) and their customs. Includes extensive footage of elephants, giraffes and lions. Also shown is the lion-spearing ceremony perfomed by the Lumbwa (part of this sequence was filmed by Carl Akeley and Alfred J. Klein). The film opens with an introduction by Martin and Osa Johnson. Originally released in 1928. Filmed in East Africa during the second Martin Johnson African Expedition, 1923-1928. Introduction recorded in New York, ca. 1932. 83 min. 7326

Sons of the Moon: Ngas of Central Nigeria.
Tells how the moon is a key symbol in the cosmology of the Ngas, an agricultural people who live in isolated hamlets in Nigeria's Jos Plateau. This documentary, told from the point of view of a traditional Ngas bard, traces the moon's influence on Ngas work and thought during a single growing season. c1984. 25 min. Video/C MM562

Sorcerers of Zaire.
Explores the life of the rural Chokwe tribe of southwestern Zaire, where hardship and starvation are a way of life. To assure that their modest food supply is distributed fairly, the Chokwe use a complex system of reprisals in which sorcerers are hired to resurrect ancestral ghosts to haunt those who hoard goods, causing them sickness and death. Focuses on four patients and two healers, following them through their traditional medical treatments. Also shows the rigorous initiation ritual in which masked dancers help prepare boys for manhood. 1993. 51 min. Video/C 5003

Strange Beliefs. (Strangers Abroad)
Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard was the first trainedanthropologist to do work in Africa, where he lived among the Azande in Zaire and studied their belief in witchcraft and later worked with the Neur tribe in the Sudan. 1990. 52 min. Video/C 3856

Tribal Religions (Les Religions Tribales; Religiones Tribales)
Hans Kung travels to Australia to investigate the beliefs of today's Aborigines through body painting, music and dance. He then journeys to Africa to gain insights into tribal culture through modern rites that include torchlight processions, dance, and animal sacrifice. The influence of Christian missionaries is also examined. 56 min. Video/C 9676

Turkana Conversations Trilogy.
. These three documentaries on the Turkana - a relatively isolated semi-nomadic herders who inhabit the dry country of northwestern Kenya--are among the most important and influential ethnographic films of the last 20 years. (1)Lorang's Way. A Portrait of the head of the homestead and one of the important senior men of the Turkana. 69 min. DVD 3116; also on VHS Video/C 2430. (2)The Wedding Camels. The marriage of one of Lorang's daughters. 108 min. DVD 3117; also on VHS Video/C 2431 (3)A Wife Among Wives. An investigation of how the Turkana, and especially the women, view marriage. Produced by Judith MacDougall,David MacDougall. c1977. 68 min. DVD 3118; also on VHS Video/C 2432

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MacDougall; MacDougall, David; MacDougall, Judith; Ilisa Barbash; Lucien Taylor. "Radically Empirical Documentary: An Interview with David and Judith MacDougall Film Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 2 (Winter, 2000), pp. 2-14 UC users only

Warrior Marks.
A film by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. A poetic and political film about female genital mutilation. Includes interviews with women from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, the United States, and England. 1993. 54 min. Video/C 3348

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Walker, Alice. Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women / Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 1st ed. New York: Harcourt Brace, c1993.(UCB Bancroft GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Grad Svcs XMAC.W18.W37 Modern Authors Collection; UCB Main GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Moffitt GN484 .W35 1993)

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Grewal, Inderpal Kaplan, Caren. "Warrior Marks: Global Womanism's Neo-Colonial Discourse in a Multicultural Context." Camera Obscura 5-11, September 1996
Hamilton, Amy. "Warrior Marks." (includes related articles) off our backs v23, n11 (Dec, 1993):2 (5 pages).
James, Stanlie M. "Shades of Othering: Reflections on Female Circumcision/Genital Mutilation." Signs, Summer 1998 v23 i4 p1031(1) UC users only
Minor, Diane. "Warrior Marks: Joyous Resistance at Walker Film Debut." (documentary film by Alice Walker) National N O W Times v26, n2 (Jan, 1994):7.
Simonds, Cylena. "Missing the Mark." (female mutilation in movie 'Warrior Marks') Afterimage v21, n8 (March, 1994):3.

The Wedding Camels (Turkana Conversations; 2).
Shows the preparations for the wedding of the daughter of Lorang, one of the senior men of the region. Explores the quarrels and customs which surround the wedding. Produced by Judith MacDougall,David MacDougall. c1976. 108 min. DVD 3118; also on VHS Video/C 2432

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MacDougall; MacDougall, David; MacDougall, Judith; Ilisa Barbash; Lucien Taylor. "Radically Empirical Documentary: An Interview with David and Judith MacDougall Film Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 2 (Winter, 2000), pp. 2-14 UC users only

A Wife Among Wives(Turkana Conversations; 3).
An ethnographic documentary on the Turkana of northern Kenya. This is an inquiry into the Turkana view of marriage. Produced by Judith MacDougall,David MacDougall. c1981. 68 min. DVD 3118; also on Video/C 2432

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MacDougall; MacDougall, David; MacDougall, Judith; Ilisa Barbash; Lucien Taylor. "Radically Empirical Documentary: An Interview with David and Judith MacDougall Film Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 2 (Winter, 2000), pp. 2-14 UC users only

Women of Manga (Niger- Africa).
Program is devoted to the women of a warrior tribe whose origin is ancient but unknown and which lives today in eastern Niger. Focuses on the traditions including the complicated painting, hairstyles, facial scars and jewelry. c1992. 12 min. Video/C 3025

The Women's Olamal: The Organisation of a Maasai Fertility Ceremony.
Film examines the events that lead up to a fertility ceremony of the Maasai women in Loita, Kenya. Explanations and insights into the significance of the ceremony are in the form of interviews with the women themselves. 199-?. 114 min. Video/C 3726

Yoruba Crafts
Short clip from field recording by UC Berkeley anthropologist William Bascom. 1950-1951. 4:03 min.

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Alejandro Mamani: A Case Study in Culture and Personality
Alejandro Mamani, an elderly Bolivian Aymara Indian, is the subject of this ethnographic study of mental illness and the approach of death. Did he go mad or did he simply make use of accepted social mechanisms of his culture to relinquish his life? Also examined is the ethical dilemma faced by the ethnographers. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM6

Amazon Journal
This documentary chronicles recent political events in the Brazilian Amazon beginning with the assassination of Chico Mendes in 1988 and ending with the massacre of Yanomami Indians in 1993. This five year journey provides an illuminating perspective on the volatile changes of this era and analyzes the complex interaction between semi-isolated indigenous societies and "outsiders.". 1995. 58 min. Video/C 9561

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Amazonia, Voices From the Rain Forest.
Reviews the ecology of the rainforest, the indigenous indians attitudes towards the forest and their increasing concern for its protection as the fragile ecosystem is threatened with destruction by outside commercial developers. 1991. 69 min. Video/C 2564

Appeals to Santiago
Describes an eight-day Mayan Indian fiesta in Tenejapa, Mexico held in honor of one of the town's patron saints, James. Narration consists of the participants own explanation of events and their personal duties and offerings during the festival. Produced by Duane Metzger and Carter Wilson for the University of California, Irvine. 1969. 28 min. Video/C MM775

At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai
Looks at the situation of the Waiapi Indians, a small isolated tribe that came in contact with the outside world in the late 1970's. Today they are threatened by gold miners, by the Brazilian government's proposal to reduce their land by 10% and a plan to construct a highway through their territory. This film focuses on their charismatic leader, Chief Wai-Wai as he travels from his remote village to Brazil's capitol hoping to shape the destiny of his people. 1992. 28 min. Video/C 9562

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The Ax Fight.
A four-part analysis of a fight in a Yanomamo Indian village between local descent groups. Includes an unedited record of the event; a slow-motion replay of the fight; a discussion of the kinship structure of the fight; and an edited version. Producers/directors, Timothy Asch, Napoleon A. Chagnon. c1975. 30 min. Video/C 3425

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The Aymara: A Case Study in Social Stratification
This documentary explores the economic and social stratification of heterogeneous Northern Bolivia. The inequities of a sharp class division between the Spanish-speaking mestizos and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia is examined. 1983. 29 min. DVD 7379 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM2

Banderani
Documents an important festival among the Quechua Indians in the Bolivian Andes. Captures the music, dancing, and drinking associated with the festivities and shows an unusual slingshot game in which both men and women participate. Produced and directed by Jeanine Moret. 1987. 28 min. Video/C MM592

Before We Knew Nothing: With the Ashaninka of Eastern Peru
A portrait of the life and culture of the Ashaninka (also called the Campa), who inhabit the Amazon rainforest of eastern Peru, as well as a profound reflection on the experience of living and filming among people who continue to resist acculturation. Filmmaker, Diane Kitchen, spent seven months living with the Ashaninka. Her camera reveals the activities of men and women, the lush tropical environment, and the emotional climate of daily life. 1989. 62 min. Video/C 4358

Birth and Belief in the Andes of Ecuador
Covers women's beliefs and traditional medicine surrounding pregnancy and childbirth in Ecuador through intimate portraits of four Andean women. Deprived until recently of modern medical care, rural Andean women have managed their reproductive practices by relying on an ethnomedical system that retains pre-Columbian magical elements. c1994. 28 min. Video/C MM816

Capoeira Bahia.
Dance master Bira Almeida and his students demonstrate various forms of the Capoeira, a unique martial arts dance developed in Brazil by African descendants 400 years ago. Includes historical segments of performances by Capoeira dancers plus instruction in basic movements of the dance. 1983. 70 min. Video/C 4332

Caribbean Eye
1991. 26 min. each installment (unless otherwise noted)

Community Celebrations: Other Caribbean Festivals. This program takes a look at the various folk festivals (other than carnivals) throughout the Caribbean area which help create and sustain a sense of community in a region with a culturally diverse population: the Hindu festival of Phagwa in Trinidad and Guyana; the La Rose and La Marguerite flower festivals in St. Lucia; the Johnkunnoo of Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas; Masquerade in Guyana and St. Kitts and the Hosein festivals of Trinidad and Jamaica. Video/C 9805
Caribbean Carnivals. This program shows the Trinidad Carnival and then visits carnivals in Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and Martinique, looking at their unique forms and examining their shared role which is essentially the liberation of the spirit. DVD 9813; also on VHS Video/C 9813
The Games We Play Like children everywhere, Caribbean children grow up singing and playing games which shape the attitudes and expectations of their roles in later life. This program looks at some of the games Caribbean children play, as well as adult games, such as draughts in Barbados, dominoes in Dominica, All Fours in Trinidad, Warri in Antigua, and cricket, played all over the Caribbean region. Video/C 9815

Carnaval: Adios a la Carne.
Presents a documentary concerning a religious festival held by the people of Humahuaca, Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 27 min. Video/C MM526

Carnival in Q'eros
Shows the remarkable carnival celebrations of a remote community of Quechusa Indians high in the Peruvian Andes. The Q'eros play flutes and sing to their alpacas in a ritual to promote the animals' fertility. The film shows how the music evolves from individual, to family, to ayllu, to community, a structure of spiritual activity distinct from the structure of kinship. The Q'eros sing and play separately from each other, producing a heterophonic sound without rhythmic beat, harmony, or counterpoint -- a "chaotic" sound texture that exemplifies a key connection between the culture of the Andes and that of the Amazon jungle. Directed by Juan Nunez del Prado and John Cohen. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 1991. 32 min. DVD 7844

Carnaval in Salvador Da Bahia.
An anthropological journey to Brazil to study Carnaval. 1983. Video/C 2297

Children's Magical Death.
In this film about the Yanomamo Indians who live near the headwaters of the Orinoco River in Southern Venezuela, a group of young Yanomamo Indian boys imitate a ritual performed by their fathers. They pretend to be shamans, blowing ashes into each other's noses and chanting to the spirits. 1974. Producers, Timothy Asch, Napoleon A. Chagnon. 8 min. Video/C 3426

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The Chinampas.
Describes the Chinampa, a traditional Mexican agricultural system, and traces its long history. Shows modern day threats to this system and discusses measures to save the Chinampa. 1990. 31 min. Video/C MM908

Dancing with the Incas
Explores the lives of three Huayno musicians in a contemporary Peru torn between the military and the Shining Path guerrillas. The film examines the roots of Huayno music as well as its contemporary forms. Rather than focusing on a single community or ethnic group, the film investigates a broad cultural region and illustrates what happens to it as it confronts the commercial traditions and demands of the West. Camera, directed and produced by John Cohen. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 1991. 58 min. DVD 7845

Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti.
Maya Deren's film chronicles a journey into the world of the Voudoun religion of Haiti. c1985. 52 min. Video/C 1924

Dream People of the Amazon: The Achuar
The Achuar people in southeast Ecuador live in a part of the Amazon rain forest as pristine today as it was a thousand years ago. In order to protect their rainforest from exploitation and avoid the environmental and cultural devastation suffered by their indigenous neighbors only a few hundred miles away, they have formed alliances with environmental protection agencies in the outside world seeking to gain official recognition as a bioreserve, closed to exploitation. Written, produced and directed by Lawrence M. Lansburgh. 2005. 32 min. DVD 6115

Eduardo the Healer
Presents the life and philosophy of Eduardo Calderon, a Peruvian folk healer. Includes his methods of diagnosis and a curing ceremony. 1978. 54 min. Video/C 7666

Encyclopedie de la Mythologie Maya Yucateque: Les Labyrinthes Sonores.
Contents: Tome 4, 6-7. H-wan tul. Le Way kot. Les arouches: La Harana ou danse des bouviers (6 min.); Carnaval Maya (8 min.); Sevillane pour un cochon defunt (22 min); Une conversation avec Juan Kob (11 min.). -- Tome 8:1. Chak, pluie et ses chevaux, Pt. 1: Pourquoi chanter la pluie? (20 min.); Variations sur un theme de pluie (32 min.); Le Bolon ixim, divination Maya (15 min.) -- Tome 8:2. Chak, pluie et ses chevaux, Pt. 2: Chanter et danser la pluie qui tombe (88 min.); Chevaux de pluie (46 min.); Boisson de l'arbre secret (4 min.); L'art du faiseur (20 min.); Une visite (8 min.). In French, Maya, and Spanish (without subtitles). 1997. PAL format. Video/C 5516

The Feast
Examines the first stages of alliance formation between two mutually hostile Yanomamo Indian villages in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil. Describes in detail the preparations for a feast involving the inhabitants of the villages and presents scenes of chanting, dancing, and trading at the feast.Producers, Timothy Asch, Napoleon Chagnon. 1988. 1970. 29 min. Video/C 7649

A Festa da Moca (The Girl's Party).
Showcases how the Nambiquara people in Brazil's far northwest are using video to revive waning cultural practices. Narration in English with Nambiquara dialogue and Portuguese credits. 1988. 18 min. Video/C 4288

The Healer in the Indigenous Communities of the Highlands of Chiapas (El curandero en los pueblos indigenas de los altos de Chiapas)
A documentary of how a Mayan healer is called upon by people in the community to cure the sick. The healer reveals his Mayan healing practices--a combination of indigenous rituals and Christianity. c2000. 34 min. Video/C MM850

The Huichols: History, Culture, Art
The Huichols, who live in the western Sierra Madre of central Mexico, are best known for their peyote rituals, their shamanistic practices, and their colorful, intricate textiles. However, like many indigenous peoples, the Huichols have no written history. The continuation of their culture depends on the vitality of their oral traditions. Rosalio "Chilio" Rivera Sanches and Luis Gonzales Carrio, from the small village of Las Guayabas, are working to preserve the oral traditions and histories of their people. They share some of the history, culture, traditional tales, and art of the Huichols. Director, Ryan Noble. c1996. 27 min. Video/C MM796

Ika Hands.
Shows the daily life of a small group of Ika Indians who live in the highlands of Northern Colombia who are thought to be survivors of the Mayans. They live a strenuous and isolated life in terrain extending between five and fifteen thousand feet, economically dependent on small gardens and domestic animals. A film by Robert Gardner. 1988. 58 min. DVD 5509

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Inca Cola
Documents how the Inca are the "invisible" city dwellers of modern Peru. Their ancestors created a self-sufficient agricultural society, but those skills have been lost in the migration to cities and hopeless poverty. Looks at their life in Lima and how some regard this as the center for a modern Inca revival. 1987. 30 min. DVD 6873 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9947

Jane Moroita: Our Celebrations.
The filmaker, a member of the Waiapi tribe of Brazil, demonstrates the use of videotape to record and preserve the "image" of the Waiapi culture. Three tribal celebrations are shown with running commentary by the filmaker. 33 min. Video/C 4547

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. (The Americas II, Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, Argentina)
Presents on film examples of music and dance from the Americas documented by accompanying text written by area specialists. 57 min. Video/C 3541

Kantik'i Maishi (Songs of Sorghum).
This documentary is about the sorghum harvest celebrations that take place in Curacao and Bonaire and the changes that have taken place over the last few centuries. In English and Papiamento with English subtitles. 58 min. Video/C 6185

The Kayapo: Out of the Forest. (Disappearing World).
Documents the opposition of the Kayapo Indians of central Brazil to the construction of a hydroelectric dam at Altamira. Includes the demonstration by 600 Kayapo against the proposed dam and their success in stopping its construction. 52 min. DVD 7810 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3436

Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale
In 1955, Tobias Schneebaum disappeared into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon. He had no guide, no map and the vague instruction to keep the river on his right. A year later he emerged from the jungle ... naked, covered in body paint, and a modern-day cannibal. Now, 45 years after his original visit, he is reunited with the very tribesmen he both loved and who gave him nightmares for nearly half a century. Also includes footage of Schneebaum giving lectures about art and tribal homosexuality among the Asmat, a tribe in Indonesian New Guinea. 2000. 94 min. Video/C 9199

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The Last of the Hiding Tribes.
A record filmed over 30 years, 1967-1998.

Pt. 1, The Fate of the Kidnapper. In 1979 the Brazilian government gave Chico Prestes a plot of land in the state of Rondonia, in the Western Amazon, in an area regularly hunted by the unknown Uru Eu Wau Wau tribe. One day Chico returned from the forest to find two sons killed and the youngest taken by the Indians. The resulting 18-year quest to determine the fate of this son highlights the Amazon as a battleground between Indians and invading colonists. 50 min. Video/C 6627
Pt. 2, The Return From Extinction. This film tells the remarkable recent history of the hiding Panara tribe, who fled into the deepest part of the Amazon forest. Through extraordinary footage from the 1960's, this film shows Claudio Villas Boas and his team from Brazil's Indian Protection Service as they make the first attempts to contact the Panara before a planned development road exposes them to 'civilization.' In spite of Claudio's efforts after the road is built, the tribe is virtually wiped out by diseases so with the aid of his brother Orlando, Claudio manages to fly 79 survivors out to the Xingu National Park. Now, after 20 years, the Brazilian government has recognized the Panara's claim to their ancestral homeland, and they are going back home. 50 min. Video/C 6628
Pt. 3, Fragments of People. In 1983 four members of the Ava-Canoeiro tribe were contacted by a settler in the Serra de Mesa and taken into care by Brazil's Indian Agency. When the only woman of child-bearing age in this small remnant group gave birth to twins, the Indian Agency's Department for Unknown People began a search for another group of Ava-Canoeiro, rumored to be out in the scrubland, to provide potential mates for the two children so the tribe would not be doomed to extinction. 50 min. Video/C 6629

Magical Death.
Director, photographer, narrator, Napoleon A. Chagnon. The film is a vivid portrayal of shamanic activity, as well as an exploration of the close connection between politics and shamanism in Yanomamo culture. 30 min. Video/C 3725

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A Man and His Wife Make a Hammock: Moawa and Daeyama Make a Hammock.
Producers, Timothy Asch, Napoleon A. Chagnon. In this film about the Yanomamo Indians who live near the headwaters of the Orinoco River in Southern Venezuela, a Yanomama Indian headman weaves a hammock while his wife and baby watch. 9 min. Video/C 3422

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A Man Called Bee: Studying the Yanomamo
Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data among the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela. Includes considerable information about the Yanomamo, such as their system of kinship ties, their religious beliefs and ceremonies, and the growth and fissioning of their widely scattered villages. 1975. 42 min. Video/C 9949

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Mountain Music of Peru
A portrait of the folk music, culture and lifestyle of the people of Qeros, high in the Peruvian mountains. The musical thread that runs through the Andes extends back past the ancient culture of the Incas, and it is strong enough to have successfully resisted both the Spanish conquest and the forces of modern Western culture. This musical journey travels from small towns and remote mountain villages to the capital city of Lima, showing how Peru's popular music connects even the most isolated people. Written, narrated, produced and directed by John Cohen. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 1984. 59 min. DVD 7843

Moxos Mitico.
An anthropological documentary film examining the history, customs and environment of the Mojo Indians living in Moxos, Bolivia.1984. In Spanish. PAL format. 19 min. Video/C 5595

The Music of the Devil, The Music of the Bear, The Music of the Condor
Film visits the heart of the Andes to capture the atmosphere of the annual music festivals, showing ceremonies of the Aymara Indians who dress as devils, bears and sacred spirits that come to life at carnival time. The mythology of the powerful Inca gods is explained, as well as their influence in the daily lives of the Aymara. 54 min. Video/C 4366

Ñakaj: Fabula Andeium
Interviews and dramatizations tell the Peruvian story of the ~Nakaj, night prowlers who intoxicate their victims with sparkling dust so that their "essential" fat can be stolen. In Quechua with English subtitles and credits. c1993. 20 min. Video/C MM682

La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead.
In Mexico, on the first days of November, the dead come to visit. They are received and given offerings of their favorite food, flowers, and momentos of their presence on earth. La Ofrenda takes a non-traditional look at the celebration in Mexico and the United States. A film by Lourdes Portillo. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 50 min. Video/C 1778

On Wings of Faith (En Alas de la Fe).
A visit to two festivals held in the North Sierra of Puebla, Mexico; one to honor Saint Michael the Archangel in the town of San Miguel Tzinacapan; the other for Saint Francis of Assisi in Cuetzalan. Mexican and mesoamerican dancers celebrate their oral traditions, magical medicine, petition for favors and give thanks to their patron saints through the medium of dance. 28 min. Video/C 4420

Quechua (Disappearing World.)
The Quechua Indians live in the Andes Mountains, in an isolated part of Peru. Unlike many tribes in remote areas, they desperately want a road to link them with the outside world and its benefits, especially the tourist trade. 51 min. DVD 7813 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3439

Quilombo Country
Provides a portrait of rural communities in Brazil that were either founded by runaway slaves or began from abandoned plantations. This type of community is known as a "Quilombo", from an Angolan word that means "encampment." As many as 2,000 quilombos exist today. Written, directed, photographed, and edited by Leonard Abrams. 2006. 75 min. DVD 7851

Ritual Encounter: The "Danzaq" in Huacana
Scissors dancers act as the intermediaries between the people of the Peruvian Andes and the gods of the mountains. This ethnographic documentary shows the 'dansaq' or dancers impersonating the 'Alacran', the 'Halcon' and the 'Paqary' who dance during the Quechua Water Festivity that coincides with the Catholic festivity honoring Saint Isidore, the Farmer. Presents the festival that took place in the district of Huacana, in the Province of Sucre in Ayacucho in July 1997. During the festivity, the scissors dancers play a crucial role in renacting the symbolic universe of a culture that struggles to survive. [1998.] 40 min. Video/C 8400

Sacred Games: Ritual Warfare in a Maya Village.
Presents how the Maya people see the world and how their symbolic world is renewed in the annual carnival celebrations. 59 min. Video/C 2426

Samba da Criacao do Mundo.
Each year the Rio de Janeiro 'samba schools' (neighborhood organizations devoted to celebrating Carnival) choose a narrative or theme to produce for the parade. This video shows one pageant based on the creation legend of the Nago, performed by the Beija-Flor Samba School. Includes music, singing and dancing, splendid costumes, and scenes from the parade interspersed with the same characters in natural settings. 57 min. Video/C 4229

Song of the Earth: Traditional Music from the Highlands of Chiapas (Son de la tierra)
Tzotil elders explain the significance of traditional music and the role of musicians in their communities and talk about the influence of western music and dress on youth and express their hopes that indigenous youth will maintain their traditions and culture. 2002. 17 min. Video/C MM851

The Spirit of TV.
Shows how the Waiapi, a small and recently contacted Tupi-speaking group in far northern Brazil, have used videos to document their own cultural practices, to discover the existence of other Tupi-speaking groups they had not known about, and to receive the experience of other indigenous groups that have confronted common problems such as land rights. In Tupi and Portuguese with English subtitles. 18 min. Video/C 4283

The Toured: The Other Side of Tourism in Barbados.
This provacative documentary portrays the experience of tourism from the point of view of those who are "toured", in this case on the Caribbean Island of Barbados. Bajians talk about the realities of making a living in a tourist economy and witnessing one's traditional culture change under the impact of foreign visitors. 39 min. Video/C 6186

The Tree of Life.
This film documents the 1500 year old voladores (flyers) ritual performed by the Totonac Indians of Puebla, Mexico which is perhaps the oldest surviving dance in the Western hemisphere. It is accompanied by flute and drum music and narration taken from 15th century Nahuatl poetry. 30 min. Video/C 3555

Tug of War.
Producers, Timothy Asch, Napoleon A. Chagnon. In this film about the Yanomamo Indians who live near the headwaters of the Orinoco River in Southern Venezuela, women and children of the village play a game of tug-of-war. 9 min. Video/C 3423

Video Cannibalism.
Shows the introduction of video technology to a small tribe of Brazilian natives, the Enauene-Naue Indians, and their use of the camera to create a motion picture of their own about native contact with gold prospectors. 18 min. Video/C 4287

Voices of the Orishas
This is an ethnographic documentary which demonstrates the survival and strength of the Yoruba cultural and religious heritage in the contemporary life of Caribbean African-Hispanics. The program was filmed in Havana among practicioners of Santeria, and documents a ritual ceremony that features dancing, singing, praying and drum beating, invoking the twenty-two Orishas, or deities of the Yoruba religion. 1993. 37 min. Video/C 5518

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The Warao
An ethnographic documentary on the Warao people who live surrounded by water at the mouth of the Orinoco River delta in eastern Venezuela. Shows scenes of routine life including a shaman's curing ritual and methods of conflict resolution. 1978. 55 min. Video/C MM764

The Yucatec Maya: A Case Study in Marriage and the Family
Raymond Colli, a middle-aged Mayan of the Yucatan region of Mexico, and his extended family are the subjects of this case study. The interdependence and cyclical nature of living, working and learning in a "slash and burn" horticultural environment are examined. 1983. 29 min. Video/C MM7

[Waiapi] Caxiri or Manioc Beer.
Examines the role of caxiri, a native beer, in the social and cultural life of the Waiapi Indians of Brazil. An important part of Waiapi life, caxiri is imbibed daily by men, women and children. This documentary describes the preparation of caxiri, as well as its use in community festivals and celebrations. 1988. 39 min. Video/C 9940

Waiapi Body Painting and Ornaments.
Documents the methods and cultural significance of body painting and ornamentation used by the Waiapi Indians of Brazil, who use this medium to express their myths and reinforce their sense of Waiapi identity. 1988. 19 min. Video/C 9937

Waiapi Instrumental Music.
Examines a variety of wind instruments used by the Waiapi Indians of Brazil, the setting in which each is played, and the Waiapi's practice of dividing vocal and instrumental music based on sex. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 9936

Waiapi Body Slash and Burn Cultivation.
Shows how the Waiapi Indians of Brazil use slash and burn cultivation to clear the rain forest in order to grow food. Cultivation techniques and taboos are linked to gender and parenthood roles. 1987. 24 min. Video/C 9938

[Waiapi] Music, Dance and Festival Among the Waiapi Indians of Brazil.
Examines five Waiapi Indian festivals and shows the importance of manioc beer in the festivals, the variety of musical instruments and songs, and how Waiapi identity and societal order are reinforced by these communal celebrations. 1988. 39 min. Video/C 9939

We Gather As a Family. (Eu Ja Fui Seu Irmao)
Indians from the Kokrenum and Kraho villages in the Para state of Brazil, come together to encourage their youth to celebrate and conserve their cultural heritage by experiencing an initiation ceremony. Among other things, the ceromony consists of singing, body-painting, and preparations for the long, trenuous relay race through the savanna carrying and passing huge logs shoulder-to-shoulder. 32 min. Video/C 4419

Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame.
Follows an expedition of explorers as they make contact with the Yanomami Indians of Brazil who are considered to be the last Stone Age tribe in the Amazon. Considers the social and ecological consequences to the Yanomami people as outside developers continue to encroach upon their habitat. Dist.: Video Project. 58 min. Video/C 2565

Yanomami: A Multi-disciplinary Study.
Describes the field techniques and findings of teams from such disciplines as human genetics, anthropology, epidemiology, dentistry, linguistics, and medicine as they conduct a biological-anthropological study of the Yanoama Indians in the jungles of Venezuela and Brazil. Shows many details of Yanomamo life and culture and assesses the impact of acculturation on social and genetic patterns. Produced by Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon. 1970. 43 min. Video/C 9905

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Yo Soy Hechicero (I Am a Sorcerer)
It's all in a day's work for Juan Eduardo Nunuz, a Cuban refugee who leads a religious congregation in a backyard garden shed in a subdivision near Atlantic City, New Jersey. This neopagan religious cult deals in spirit possession, animal sacrifice, mythic storytelling and physical healing. Juan Eduardo's wife, a Pentacostal, claims that her husband is an instrument of Satan. 48 min. Video/C 4669

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Central America: The Burden of Time (Legacy; 5)
The sophisticated civilizations of the Aztecs, the Maya, and the Inca, their near obliteration by the Conquistadores, the parts that survive today, and their influence on our lives today. 57 min. Video/C 3021

The Highland Maya: A Case Study in Economic Anthropology
Examines the complex interweaving of economics and religion known as the "cargo" system, which is found among the Highland Maya of Mexico and Guatemala. 1983. 29 min. Video/C 9999

The Incas.
Chronicles the Inca civilization and how it was built up into one of the best run civilizations ever. Also explores how current archaeologists are attempting to better understand the inner workings of the impressive civilization. 60 min. Video/C 275

Incidents of Travel in Chichen Itza
This ethnographic film depicts how New Agers, the Mexican state, tourists and 1920s archaeologists all contend to "clear" the site of the Maya city of Chichen Itza in order to produce their own idealized and unobstructed visions of "Maya" while the local Maya themselves struggle to occupy the site as vendors and artisans. 1997. 90 min. Video/C 9033

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The Living Maya
A four part documentary chronicling the everyday life of a present-day Mayan family as it tries to cope with modern society. 1977.

The Living Maya: Part 1. In this first segment the North American anthropologist explains his personal and professional motives for working with Maya Indians in Yucatan, Mexico. Shows the expedition embarking, arriving in the Yucatan, and beginning work in a village. 59 min. Video/C 8486

The Living Maya: Part 2. In this second segment the North American anthropologists doing field work in Yucatan, Mexico, consider the family members individually and as a unit in the village as they seek to understand the Mayan view of the world and examine how this view has shaped their society. 59 min. Video/C 8487

The Living Maya: Part 3. In this third segment the anthropology team witnesses ancient ceremonies consecrating new corn fields. Contrasts the conflicts between ancient traditions and the attraction of modern urban life when two young boys from the village plead with their parents to let them go to the city. 59 min. Video/C 8488

The Living Maya: Part 4.This final segment witnesses the return to the village in Yucatan, Mexico of two young boys who found city life lonely. The parents, who initially opposed their going to the city and who were already in debt, are confused and angry. Traditional values have been turned up-side-down by this series of events. 59 min. Video/C 8489

The Lost World of the Maya.
From the series, Nova ; follows Eric Thompson, an authority on Mayan civilization, as he embarks on a pilgrimage through Central America. Describes ruins existing in such ancient cities as Tikal, Palenque, Yaxchilan, and Quirigna, and re-creates the Maya's daily life. Concludes with a description of the theories that have been used to explain why Mayan civilization fell. 36 min. Video/C 250

Maya Lords of the Jungle.
Visits ancient sites on the Yucatan Peninsula where new findings are forcing a reappraisal of the past of the Mayans. Researchers display and interpret their findings, setting aside the errors of the pst, and quietly working a revolution in pre-Columbian archaeology. 60 min. Video/C 303

Monuments of Ancient Mexico.
Shows the first Meso-American civilization of the Olmecs, through the rise and decline of other civilizations such as the Mayas, Toltecs, and Aztecs. 25 min. Video/C 2614

Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya.
An animated film which uses original images drawn by Quiche Maya Indians in the seventh century on funerary pottery to illustrate the Popol vuh, which is the sacred book of the Maya and includes their creation story and birth of the hero twins. Narration in English. 29 min. DVD 8615; vhs Video/C 2425 (English language version); Video/C 5620 (Spanish language version); Video/C 2803 (Tzeltal language version)

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Religion and Magic.
While all cultures exhibit some religious practices and beliefs, the forms taken are diverse. The animism practiced by American Indians, the mixture of ancient religion and Roman Catholicism among the Highland Maya, the ritual of Eka Dasa Rudra among the Balinese and successful and unsuccessful modern movements serve to illustrate the thesis. 30 min. Video/C 578

La Reina del Barrio (The Queen of the Barrio).
During the 40 days of Carnival in Montevideo, Uruguay, groups called "murgas," of 18 t0 20 men perform in open-air stages throughout the barros of the city. Before the end of the Carnival, murgas from different barrios compete in a major theater. Their shows, which combine song, drama, and comedy, satirize the main events of the year and are critical of Uruguayan politics and culture. c2001. 32 min. Video/C MM695

Return of the Maya.
Recounts the excavation of the ancient Mayan City, Edzna, by Mayan refugees from Guatamala currently living in Mexico. Includes an examination of the current social and economic conditions of these immigrants who are ancestors of the Mayas who originally built this ancient city. Dist.: Video Project. 29 min. Video/C 2566

Sacred Games: Ritual Warfare in a Maya Village.
Presents how the Maya people see the world and how their symbolic world is renewed in the annual carnival celebrations. 59 min. Video/C 2426

Sweat of the Sun (Tribal Eye).
Visits various sites of ancient Inca and Aztec splendor and examines gold artifacts that escaped the pillaging of the Spanish conquerors. Discusses the significance of these objects and describes how they were used by Aztec and Inca priests in practical and ritual fashion. 52 min. 3/4" UMATIC Video/C 178

Swidden Horticulture Among the Lacandon Maya.
Documentary shows the subsistence cycle of the Lacandon Maya who live in the rainforest of Southern Chiapas, Mexico. Focusing on one family, the film traces each step of the swidden (slash and burn) cycle through successive stages of a horticultural season. A film by R. Jon McGee and Michael Kruse. 1986. 29 min. Video/C MM603

Weavers in Ahuiran: Michoacan, Mexico.
Documents the weaving techniques, social organization, and economic situation for women weavers in a weaving village in Michoacan, Mexico. Examines the changes in weaving style and materials, how they are taught by mothers to daughters and explores the changes caused by the long absences of the women's husbands, who leave for migrant farm work in the U.S. c1991. 53 min. Video/C MM685

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China/Korea/Japan

All Under Heaven: Life in a Chinese Village.
Presents a documentary which visits the Chinese village of Long Bow. Looks at daily life, showing how traditional ways have persisted, though altered by the many sudden shifts in government policy. Looks at how the villagers deal with the most recent shift, from collective agriculture back to family farming. Dist.: Long Bow Group. 58 min. Video/C 2155
Grant, Geoffrey. "All Under Heaven: Life in a Chinese Village." Teaching Sociology, Vol. 17, No. 1. (Jan., 1989), pp. 132-133. UC users only

Arukihenro: Walking Pilgrims
For a great number of people the main motive for undertaking a pilgrimage consists in the journey itself. This constant quest seems to be a central need of each human being. This documentary focuses on this need in relation to the lives of today's Japanese wandering pilgrims. It shows their motives, aims and desires as they travel along the 88 Temples' Pilgrimage that circles the Japanese island of Shikoku. 2006. 73 min. DVD 8197

Chinese Historical Ethnographic Film Series, 1957-1966
Originally made in 1957-1966; English version produced by Institut fur den Wissenschaftlichen Film Gottingen. In Chinese with English subtitles and voiceover.

The "Azhu" Marriage-System of the Naxi (Moso) from Yongning. Describes the Azhu marriage-system and matrilineal kinship of the Naxi from Yunnan Province. It documents how the Azhu marriage is practised and outlines its social background in this non-Han-chinese ethnic group. Also includes some Naxi (Moso) religious rituals like Daba shamanism, and ancestral ceremony of the Siri (matri-lineage). 1965. 61 min. Video/C 9746

The Naxi art and culture in Lijiang. Describes architecture, carving, wall-painting and other crafts of the Naxi from the Autonomous District of Lijiang in Yunnan Province. The "Dongba" script and religious "Dongba-jing" written in this script is shown. Religious songs and dances of the Naxi as well as traditional Naxi music are also documented. 1966. 31 min. Video/C 9747

Dulongzu (The Dulong). Documents the way of living of a small Tibeto-Burmese tribe, the Dulong (Drung), who live in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. The film shows the traditional economy of the Dulong patrilineages, the ways of exchange with neighbouring tribes and the religious customs and rituals of the Dulong. 1961. 50 min. Video/C 9748

The Kawa (The Wa). Documents the way of living of an Austro-Asiatic tribe, the Kawa (Wa) who live in Yunnan Province, near the border of Myanmar. The film shows the traditional economy of the Wa, the inner-ethnic social relations of different patri-clans and villages and the religious customs and rituals of the Wa. 1958. 25 min. Video/C 9749

The Kucong People. Documents the way of living of the Yellow Kucong, a sub-group of the Lahu, who live as nomadic hunters and gatherers in the subtropic forest in Yunnan Province. The film shows the nomadic life and traditional economy of the Yellow Kucong patri-lineages and extended patri-families, the inner-ethic social relationships and traditional customs, the silent barter trade with other ethnic groups in the region and the religious ceremonies and rituals of the Yellow Kucong. 1960. 30 min. Video/C 9750

The Oroqen Documents the life of the Oroqen, a nomadic tribe in northeast China. One of China's smallest ethnic minorities, the film documents their everyday culture, material culture and the social structure of Oroqen society. It shows the Oroqen's relationship with the Anda traders, their wedding and burial ceremonies and documents shamanistic rituals. 1963. 76 min. Video/C 9751

The Hunting and Fishing Life of the Hezhe. Documents the life of the Hezhe(n) of Northeast China living on the banks of the Songhua, Huntong and Ussuri rivers. It describes their life as fishermen and anglers, their fishing methods and the tools used for it. The film also documents various Hezhe(n) customs and their religious ceremonies. 1965. 54 min. Video/C 9752

The Ewenki on the Banks of the Argun River. Documents the nomadic life of the Ewenki, a small group of hunters and gatherers in northeast China. It describes how the Ewenki go hunting with their reindeer, their everyday life and encounters of the various Ewenki sub-groups. Also shows their religious rites and customs. 1959. 31 min. Video/C 9753

The Jingpo: A Compilation of Socio-historical Research Material Documents the life of the Jingpo (called Kachin in Burma) living in Yunnan Province of Southwestern China. Their economic activities and social structures as well as their internal and external tribal relationships are described, among them blood feuds. The film also shows religious activities and several customs of the Jingpo. 1962. 48 min. Video/C 9754

The Li: A Scientific Documentary Film. Documents forms of agricultural activities of the Li living in the Wuzhi-Shan area of Hainan Island, including their characteristic system of division of labour called "He mu zhi" (common work in the fields). Also describes Li everyday life and a number of their customs. 1958. 43 min. Video/C 9755

The Serf System in the Town of Shahliq. Documents the slavery system of Uigur landowners in the village of Shahliq in the Uigur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in Northwestern China. It describes their economic system and landownership, social structures and the exploitative property system allowing some of the Uigurs to suppress, as landowners, other Uigur social groups. 1962. 44 min. Video/C 9756

First Moon.
An examination of the New Year's celebrations in modern China. Shows customs and ceremonies with centuries-old origins that are still performed. Colorful shows and parades are put on by villages and factories. The New Year festivities last for fifteen days, culminating in the Lantern Festival. 37 min. Video/C 2154

Iyomande: The Ainu Bear Festival
Documents the most important ceremony of the Ainu people of northern Japan. Also shows aspects of Ainu daily life in the 1930s: houses, boats, ornate swords, religious artifacts, and the elaborately tattooed mouths of the older women. A rare anthropological record, with authentic music. 1990. 26 min. Video/C MM760

Lao tou (Old Men)
Presents an intimate ethnographic portrait of elderly men in China. When the filmmaker moved to Beijing, she noticed a fixture of the community -- a group that athered daily at the curbside. They met promptly in the mornings to sit in the sun and chat, would go home for lunch and return immediately, remaining until 5:00 p.m. Although they no longer labor for their nation or for the Communist party they cannot escape the need for routine. Those that remain often refer to themselves as hopeless and useless. 1999. 94 min. Video/C MM116

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Small Happiness: Women of a Chinese Village.
An exploration of sexual politics and the reality of life in contemporary rural China. Chinese women of Long Bow speak frankly about footbindings,the new birth control policy, work, love and marriage. Dist.: Long Bow Group. 58 min. Video/C 1910

To Taste a Hundred Herbs: Gods, Ancestors, and Medicine in a Chinese Village.
Focuses on a Catholic doctor in a small village in China and shows how he combines traditional Chinese and Western medical procedures in his practice. Tells how the complex decollectivization policies in China are changing life there. Dist.: Long Bow Group. 58 min. Video/C 2156

Women of the Yellow Earth.
A documentary film concerning the quality of life for rural Chinese women and their families on the remote Loess Plateau. It introduces us to two village women, one who has just delivered her third child and is in trouble with the family planning officials who force her to undergo sterilization. The other is about to be married by arrangements with a matchmaker. Film gives a picture of how the state intercedes in family life, with its regulations and penalties for non-compliance. 50 min. Video/C 3970

Indonesia/Oceania

Aboriginal Artists of Australia: Dance Performance at North Field, UC Berkeley.
Video/C 2041

The Asmat of New Guinea: A Case Study in Religion and Magic.
Studies the Asmat, a cannibalistic society of western New Guinea, and their use of religion and magic as tools of survival in a world they perceive as hostile and threatening. 1983. 28 min. Video/C 9894

Art of Indonesia: Tales from the Shadow World.
Explores Indonesia's ancient treasures and its "shadow world" -- the rituals, myths, and performances by which the harmony of the universe is maintained. 28 min. Video/C 1952

Axes and Are: Stone Tools of the Duna
llustrates the manufacture of flaked and ground stone tools among Duna craftsmen in Papua New Guinea and shows the use of the tools in making bows and arrows. Directed by J. Peter White. 1977. 41 min. Video/C MM774

A Balinese Trance Seance & Jero on Jero.
A Balinese trance seance / a film by Timothy Asch, Linda Connor -- Jero on Jero "A Balinese trance seance" observed / a film by Timothy Asch, Linda Connor, Patsy Asch.

In a Balinese trance seance, Jero Tapakan, a spirit medium in a small, central Balinese village, consults with a group of clients in her shrine house. In Jero on Jero, anthropologist Linda Connor and filmmakers Tim and Patsy Ash return to Bali and present Jero with a videorecording of the previous film and elicit comments from her about the film and her views on the causes and treatments of disease. Originally produced as short films in 1980 and 1981. 48 min. DVD 3550

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Cannibal Island.
The uncredited footage in Cannibal Island which appears to be of 1930's vintage takes the viewer to the savage South Sea islands where girls are girls, and men eat men. Shown are lovely topless Samoan girls and Melanesian pygmy cannibals. The stolid, stilted narrator, while condescending and racist, illuminates both the "primitive" ways of the documentary's subjects and the social naivete of the film-makers. Originally produced in 1956. 67 min. Video/C 4902

Cannibal Tours.
When tourists today journey to the farthest reaches of Papua New Guinea, is it the indigenous tribespeople or the white visitors who are the cultural oddity? This documentary explores the differences and the similarities that emerge when the two groups meet within the context of organized "travel adventure tours." A film by Dennis O'Rourke. 77 min. Video/C 2485

Taking Picturues Video/C 4933

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Childhood Rivalry in Bali and New Guinea.
A series of scenes comparing the responses of Balinese and Iatmul children of the same age to the mother's attending to another baby, to the ear piercing of a younger sibling, and to the experimental presentation of a doll. Produced by Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead. 1952. 17 min. Video/C 3413

The Cockfight
At cockfights in Bali, birds are matched by type, strength and fighting characteristics, metal spurs are tied to their legs, and bets are placed on the outcome: fatality, surrender, or tie-breaker. 15 min. DVD 7788 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8746

Coming of Age.
Chronicles the life and career of Margaret Mead, one of the most controversial anthropologists and fieldworkers of her day. Includes original footage from American Samoa, New Guinea and Bali. 52 min. Video/C 3855

Cunnamulla
In Cunnamulla, Queensland situated 800 kilometers west of Brisbane, and at the end of a railway line, aboriginal and white Australians live together but apart. This documentary presents the sometimes sad, often hilarious and astonishingly honest portrait of life in a small, isolated outback community. A film by Dennis O'Rourke. 1999. 82 min. Video/C MM258

Stocks, Ian. "The Troubles of Dennis O?Rourke." Senses of Cinema

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Dance and Trance of Balinese Children
Documentary on the role of dance and trance in Balinese culture, with special attention to the teaching of children. New footage is combined with footage taken by Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson over fifty years ago to show the continuation of the tradition. It also visits Balinese living in the United States, where the children are still taught the traditional dances but also combine their Balinese heritage and their experiences living in the U.S. to create a new, multicultural dance. 1995. 43 min. Video/C 8698

Dani Sweet Potatoes
A film by Karl G. Heider. Follows the highly sophisticated process of sweet potato horticulture developed by the Grand Valley Dani in West New Guinea. 1974. 19 min. Video/C MM572

Dead Birds.
Presents an ethnographic cross section of the life and customs of the Dani people who live in the Baliem Valley of West New Guinea. Describes a photographic and ethnographic study which was sponsored by the Peabody Museum from 1961 to 1963 of the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem, high in the mountains of West New Guinea. Written, photographed, and edited by Robert Gardner. 83 min. DVD 5497; vhs Video/C 4437

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Dream Wanderers of Borneo (Ring of Fire; 4)
Presents the ten-year voyage of two filmmakers, brothers Lorne and Lawrence Blair, through the islands of Indonesia. In this fourth segment the brothers travel 800 miles through rainforest to find the last of the Punan Dyaks, a tribe believed to be extinct. When they do, in fact, find them, the brothers are initiated into the spiritual mysteries of the "dream wanderers" and tattooed with the symbol of Aping-"the tree of all life". 58 min. Video/C 3585

Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia.
This is a journey to the scarred heartlands and lush mangroves of Australia to see traditional Aboriginal artists at work. Explores the meaning and legends behind works of immense beauty, ranging from acrylic dot paintings of the Central Desert to cross hatched bark paintings and burial poles from Northern Australia. 30 min. Video/C 4491

East of Krakatoa (Ring of Fire; 3).
Presents the ten-year voyage of two filmmakers, brothers Lorne and Lawrence Blair, through the islands of Indonesia. In this third segment the brothers visit Java, where they descend from the crater of a new volcano, "Child of Krakatoa", to a world of medieval courts, puppet plays, forgers of magical swords, healers with supernatural powers and whole communities ruled by spirits. Then in Bali they meet with sages, and the Toraja people of the Celebes highlands, a tribe that believes its ancestors came from the stars in skyships. 58 min. Video/C 3584

Familiar Places.
Follows the efforts of a group of Australian Aborigines and an anthropologist as they map the traditional lands of an Aboriginal family that wishes to return to its homeland. Explains the politics of this Aboriginal movement of re-homestead old territorial lands (called "outstations"), and illustrates many of the problems faced by the returning natives. 53 min. Video/C 4440

Fieldwork (Strangers Abroad: Pioneers of Social Anthropology; 1).
Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, along with Frank Gillen, studied Australian aborigines, who up until then had been regarded as a step in the evolutionary ladder between neolithic man and the 'civilized', Victorian. The approach that the two men used to study the aborigines strongly influenced the way other cultures were later studied and showed the aborigines to be a people with an extremely complex and subtle, rather than primitive, culture. 52 min. Video/C 3851

First Contact.
Recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what had been thought to be an uninhabited area. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the Leahy brothers' gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting. Includes still photographs taken by a member of the expedition and contemporary footage of the island's terrain. A film by by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson. 55 min. Video/C 2252

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For Richer, For Poorer(New Pacific; 6)
Compares and contrasts weddings in China, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, showing how the institution of marriage is a key to understanding the social attitudes of the various cultures. 1985. 50 min. Video/C MM583

Gods of Bali
Anthropologically rich documentary, focusing on worship of temple deities, how the gods and demons interface with Bali life and the dances, trances and legend restagings that serve as the basis for their interactions with immortals. Director, Nikola Drakulic, 1952. 56 min. DVD 3596

Goodbye Old Man, or, The Film of Tukuliyangenila (A Film About Mangatopi)
Presents the elaborate "pukumani" or bereavement ceremony held to close the mourning period after the death of a senior Australian aborigine Tiwi man on Melville Island. Producer and director, David MacDougall. 1977. 67 min. Video/C MM575

The Great Ceremony to Straighten the World
The film features rituals and ceremonies of the Balinese people on religious, daily, and family occasions, including music and dance. 1994. 56 min. Video/C 6809

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Guardians of the Flute
Discusses the Sambia people, a war-like tribe in the mountains of New guinea, whose secret rituals of initiation are aimed at making their warrors courageous and bold. The most secret part of the initiation are the sexual rites, which are described here by several initiates. Based on: Guardians of the flutes / Gilbert Herdt. 50 min. Video/C 6808

Horses of Life and Death
Takes a look at some of the customs and rituals on the island of Sumba and how the small sandalwood horse, brought to the island centuries ago, has become an important part of these rituals and has served as a spirit companion in the Sumbanese celebrations of life and death. Produced and directed by Linda Scheerer Whitney. c1991. 25 min. Video/C MM597

Indie-compilatie
Presents five documentary films created during the Dutch occupation of Indonesia featuring early 20th century ethnographic scenes of Indonesian life. Documentary films originally produced between 1910 and 1915. Contents: De opening van de landbouwhogeschool te Kopo -- Een autotocht door Bandoeng -- Het leven van den Inlander in de dessa -- De strafgevangenis van Batavia -- Het leven der Europeanen in Indie. Silent and in Dutch. PAL format. Video/C MM24

Island of the Red Prawns
Documents the culture of one of the Fiji Islands by recording the traditional wedding of the children of two important chieftans. Interspersed with scenes of the wedding preparations and the ceremony are sequences showing local customs, including the making of a huge ceremonial curtain; planting, growing, and harvesting food; fishing methods; and ecstatic dancing on burning coals. Written and produced by William R. Geddes. 198-? 52 min. Video/C MM773

Jugs to be Filled(New Pacific; 7)
This program looks at schools and universities in Japan, China, Korea, California and Papua New Guinea. The film shows how the structure of education reflects attitudes and cultures and that there is a strong need for Pacific peoples to emphasize national identity in a multi-cultural environment. 1985. 60 min. Video/C MM584

Karba's First Years: A Study of Balinese Childhood.
Produced by Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead.A series of scenes in the life of a Balinese child, beginning with a seventh-month birthday ceremonial, showing the child's relationships to parents, aunts and uncles, child nurse, and other children, as he is suckled, taught to walk and to dance, teased, and titiliated. Demonstrates the process by which a Balinese child's responsiveness is muted as parents stimulate and themselves fail to respond. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1952. 20 min. Video/C 3412

Mabugi: Trance of the Toraja
Documents a religious trance ritual practiced in the Toraja highlands of Indonesia performed to restore health and prosperity to an afflicted village community. Narrated by the officiant priest of the indigenous Toraja religion, the film communicates both the psychological abandon of the trance state and the often neglected movitation underlying activities such as the ascent of a ladder of knives and the supernatural curing of the chronically ill. 1974. 21 min. Video/C MM63

Man Blong Custom (Tribal Eye).
Visits the jungle villages of the New Hebrides Islands to show the sacred ceremonies being performed in the village cult houses. Also depicts the rituals of the Solomon Islands' Melanesian people and examines their custom of worshiping the ancients. 3/4" UMATIC 52 min. Video/C 177

Moana: A Romance of the South Seas.
"Life and love in the South Seas... Robert Flaherty's famous travelogue." The rites, customs, and daily lives of the Samoan natives of Savaii Island, Western Samoa are depicted in this early 20th century ethnographic film. "In 1923, Jesse Lasky of Paramount offered Flaherty the opportunity to shoot a film anywhere in the world?so long as it turned out to be another Nanook. Flaherty, along with his wife and family, traveled to the village of Safune on the Samoan island of Savi?i to record the traditional culture of a civilization which was rapidly changing and becoming westernized under British rule. The result was Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age. Shot in black and white on panchromatic film, Moana has an almost stereoscopic look?the figures seem solid and real and the colors of the island foliage appear as varying shades of silvery-gray. The film explores the lives of the lovely and gentle Samoans and culminates in a ritual tattooing. Although not on the same level as Nanook or some of Flaherty?s later work, Moana was received with critical acclaim and popularity on its release. In fact, John Grierson coined the term "documentary" to describe the film. During the making of Moana, Flaherty, the independent filmmaker, had his first conflict with the studio system when Paramount insisted he cut the film for a slightly shorter running time." [CinemaWeb] 1926. 76 min. DVD 8274 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6170

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Mourning for Mangatopi.
Presents a detailed documentary record of a mortuary ceremony, the pukumani (bereavement) ceremony of the Tiwi people of the Northern Territory, Australia. The high status of Mangatopi, a leader of the tribe, demanded the special ceremony, which was organized by his relatives in the traditional way. Hundreds of relatives and friends traveled to participate in the rituals, which include "Opening up the country," special dances at the gravesite, paying the "workers," and the placing of painted pukamuni poles at the grave. 1973. 56 min. Video/C 9933

Over Rich, Over Sexed ... Over Here.(New Pacific; 4)
Examining the forces that are shaping the modern face of the Pacific region, this film looks at the impact of tourists on the cultural lives of the people of the Pacific. Indigenous populations are resentful of the ease with which Western tourists come and go and are resentful of the power of their tourist dollars. 1986. 60 min. Video/C MM582

Paradise Bent: Boys will be Girls in Samoa
An exploration of the Samoan faafafine, boys who are raised as girls, who fulfill a traditional role in Samoan culture. In the past they have shared women's traditional work but today are becoming more westernized and look more like drag queens. Several anthropologists comment on the phenomenon examining issues of culture and gender and the complexities of sexual identity. c1999. 50 min. Video/C 8601

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Sacred Trances of Bali and Java
Focusing on the religious practices of people living in Java and Bali, this film gives the background of Indonesian religion (Animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam). It shows the use of trance in the various religions and the blending of the earlier practices with the new. [198-?] 30 min. Video/C 8434

Shadow Master
An inside view of Balinese life which reveals the cultural context of theater, music, and dance on the island. It is a dramatization of events which occurred during the filming process during the two years that the director spent living and studying with a dalang (shadow master) and his extended family. The film is narrated by the dalang's daughter and all members of the family are co-creators of the story. 54 min. Video/C 9839

Shark Callers of Kontu
Shows scenes of one of the few remaining shark callers of the Kontu island community, located north of Papua New Guinea, juxtaposed with the activities of other segments of the Kontu population. Caught up in cultural changes, the disappearance of shark callers in the ritual slaying of sharks has a deep significance for this community, since these people believe that sharks contain the spirits of their ancestors. A film by Dennis O'Rourke. c1987. 54 min. Video/C MM260

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Since the Company Came
The story of a community's struggle to come to terms with the social, cultural and ecological disruption that threatens to fragment the Solomon Islands. Set on the remote island of Rendova, the film focuses on dispute and division caused by the Haporai tribe's latest development activity: a logging operation. As Rendova's forest rapidly disappears, the loggers turn to Tetepare, a nearby, pristine island held sacred by the villagers. Archival footage from the 1920's provides insight into Solomon Islands' colonial experience, and raises questions about the ongoing legacy of colonial attitudes to land and people. filmed, directed & produced by Russell Hawkins; editor, Gary Kildea. 2000. 52 min. Video/C MM1013

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Sky Above Mud Below
In Septermber, 1959, six Europeans left the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea to trek north to the far side of the island. They traveled for seven months through dangerous, uncharted jungles, meeting villagers in the interior who kept them at bay, and on both coasts villagers who invited them to observe their rituals and live with them. The narrator focuses on describing Stone Age people, headhunters and cannibalism. 1961. 88 min. DVD 1667

Songs From Papua New Guinea
Selected from the collection compiled by Christopher Roberts in 1982 with title: Songs of a distant jungle. Features 13 uncut selections of tribal music from the Western, West Sepik, and Southern Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea; presented without commentary. Directed and photographed by Robert Charlton; produced by Rick Laubscher. 1982? 20 min. Video/C MM841

Three Horsemen
A film about three generations of Aboriginal stockmen, the Pootchemunka family, and their life at the TiTree settlement in Northern Queensland Australia. Directors, David and Judith MacDougall. 1982. 55 min. Video/C MM811

Tobelo Marriage
Presents a traditional marriage ceremony filmed in the village of Paca, Tobelo District on the Isle of Halmahera, Indonesia in 1982. 106 min. Video/C MM907

Trance and Dance in Bali.
Presents a Balinese ceremonial dance drama in which the never-ending struggle between the witch and the dragon is played out to the accompaniment of comic interludes and violent trance seizures. Filmed at the village of Pagoetan, 1937-1939. Producers, Gregory Gateson, Margaret Mead ; photographers, Gregory Bateson, Jane Belo ; writter/ narrator, Margaret Mead. originally produced as a motion picture in 1952. 22 min. Video/C 2958

Tribal Religions (Les Religions Tribales; Religiones Tribales)
Hans Kung travels to Australia to investigate the beliefs of today's Aborigines through body painting, music and dance. He then journeys to Africa to gain insights into tribal culture through modern rites that include torchlight processions, dance, and animal sacrifice. The influence of Christian missionaries is also examined. 56 min. Video/C 9676

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism.
Discusses how the British game of cricket has been adapted by the Trobriands (Papua New Guinea). Filmmaker, Gary Kildea; director, Jerry W. Leach. 1975. 53 min. Video/C DVD 6641

Taking Picturues Video/C 4933

The Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea (Disappearing World)
The Trobriand Islands, regarded as anthropology's most sacred place, lie off the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea. The island society has a complex balance of male authority and female wealth. Magic spells and sorcery pervade everyday life. This program focuses on two important events: the distribution of women's wealth after a death, and the "month of play", a time of celebration following the yam harvest. Director, Jerry W. Leach. 52 min. DVD 7821 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3435

Waiting for Harry.
Presents an Australian aboriginal memorial ceremony for a man who died six years previously, in Djunawunya, Arnhem Land. Video/C 2433

A Walbiri Fire Ceremony: Ngatjakula Yuendumu, Central Australia, August, 1967
This film shows the fire ceremony of the Walbiri people of Central Australia. The ceremony employs fire to inflict real and symbolic punishment on those responsible for a social transgression. In the course of the ceremony one of the two main groupings (moieties) within Walbiri society has the opportunity to exact from the other an acknowledgement of wrong-doing by some of its members. In his commentary Nicolas Peterson explains this social division and the role the ceremony plays in restoring order to the community. Director, Roger Sandall. 21 min. 1977. Video/C MM762

Women of the Earth: Australian Aborigines
Examines the lives of Australian aborigines through the eyes of aboriginal women. Shows the efforts to keep traditional aboriginal identity, lifestyle, and customs alive through art, dance, and storytelling and the continual struggle for land rights. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 5603

Yap: How Did You Know We'd Like TV?
Documentary about the introduction of American television to the small Pacific island of Yap, examining the social and political impact that TV has had on the Yapese way of life. Considers whether, as some Yapese believe the introduction of television was designed to create dependency and promote U.S. cultural values in a strategically important island. A film by Dennis O'Rourke 1987. 54 min. Video/C MM261

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South Asia

Acting Like a Thief: A Documentary
This story of a Chhara tribal theatre group in Ahmedabad, India. The members of the Budhan Theatre are tribal rebels who were notified as "born criminals" by the British in 1871, and imprisoned in a labor camp in Ahmedabad. After Indian independence, they were de-notified, but the stigma of being "born criminal" follows them to this day. This documentary reveals how theatre has transformed the lives of adults and children within the community. Directed and produced by P. Kerim Friedman & Shashwati Talukdar. 2005. 15 min. DVD 6990

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Altar of Fire
Documents the last performance of the Agnicayana or Atriatra, a Vedic sacrificial ritual, enacted by the Nambudiri Brahmins in Panjal, a village in Kerala, southwestern India in April 1975. Explains the origin of the Vedic sacred literature, discusses how the oral tradition is perpetuated, shows construction of sacrificial altars and sheds, and introduces the principle participants in the ritual. Produced by Robert Gardner and Frits Staal. 1976. 45 min. DVD 5496; vhs Video/C 8152

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Bhavai Folk Theater of Gujarat, India.
Performances of Bhavai, the medieval form of ancient Indian dramatic art, interspersed with commentary by performers, directors and educators. 24 min. Video/C 4051

Buddha and the Rice-planters: Songs and Drums of Sri Lanka
In the 3rd century B.C. Sinhalese village life, folklore, religious rites, sculpture, painting, music and dance became wholly integrated with Buddhism and remains so today. Villagers are seen cultivating and harvesting their rice fields, accompanied by songs and dances. 198? 27 min. Video/C MM1016

The Cosmic Dance of Shiva.
Celebrates various images of Shiva, the Hindu Lord of dance, as expressed in ritual dance. approx. 60 min. Video/C 2616

Destination Tourism.
Bodh Gaya, the world's most popular destination of Buddhist pilgrimage, is located in one of India's poorest states. Visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage site are typically shocked by the extreme poverty there, and the Buddhist tradition of alms-giving motivates them to donate money. As a result, Bodh Gaya has developed a sophisticated charity "industry" which caters to and depends on tourists and tourism. This thought-provoking documentary explores the complex, interconnected effects of tourism, globalization, culture, philanthropy, and religion in Bodh Gaya. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 2007. 20 min. DVD 7846

Dhaminis of Jumla: Spirit Possession in Western Nepal.
Explores the ritual practice and social importance of spirit possession in the villages of Jumla, in western Nepal. The film focuses on two women, known as "dhaminis", and examinies the ways in which spirit possession makes them the centerpieces of religious life in their communities. 2000. 38 min. Video/C MM729

Forest of Bliss.
A film without commentary, subtitles or dialogue on daily life in the Holy City of Benares filmed from one sunrise to the next, including daily customs and religious rituals. A film by Robert Gardner. 1986. 90 min. DVD 5516

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Hunza: The Legendary Land.
Presents the breath-taking beauty of the snow-capped mountains of the Karakoram Range and examines the architecture, folk culture, and traditions of the Wakhi and Burusho people of Hunza in Northern Pakistan. 38 min. Video/C 3736

An Indian Pilgrimage--Ramdevra.
Presents a documentary on a folk pilgrimage to Ramdevra, India. Follows a group of Hindus from Bombay to the grave of Ramdev, a medieval hero and saint of Rajasthan. Shows ways in which the Hindu pilgrims are free to worship, their collective offering at Ramdev's grave, and their interactions with other pilgrims, shoppers, preachers, hawkers, and devotional singers who throng the festival. Devotional songs telling the stories of Ramdev feature prominently in film. 26 min Video/C 3773

Jag Mandir : the eccentric private theatre of the Maharana of Udaipur (Jag Mandir: Das excentrische Privattheater des Maharadscha von Udaipur)
The third film in Vol. 4 of a 6 volume collection of documentary and short films by Werner Herzog. Filmed at the Jag Mandir, the Maharana's island palace situated on India's Lake Pichola, a building that's slowly sinking. The occasion? A grand spectacle of folk dancing and performance: 500 performers speaking 23 languages dressed in luxuriant costumes. It's a celebration of folk traditions that, like the palace, may soon disappear. A film by Werner Herzog. 1991. DVD 6504

Kahankar, Ahankar: Story Maker, Story Taker.
Film brings together a selection of the legends and paintings of the Warlis, and writings about these Adivasis who live close to Bombay. These stories represent their history and world-view but outsiders; the Portuguese, the Marathas, and the British have all tried to obliterate this history and wisdom. The works here of the outsiders about the Warlis represent this process. By bringing together these disparate discourses, this film aspires to critique these mythologies and to read between the lines. 1995. 38 min. PAL format Video/C 4897

Krishna in Spring.
A recording in image and sound of the ancient festival of spring, 'Holi', which retells through music and dance the story of the life of Krishna. 27 min. Video/C 2492

Mithila Painters: Five Village Artists from Madhubani, India.
Interviews with five Indian painters who live in Mithila and practice the ancient folk painting unique to the North Indian region of Madhubani. They display their works and explain their painting techniques and the folklore and stories which inspire their art. In Tamil with English voiceover.40 min. Video/C 3381

Nat Pwe: Burma's Carnival of Spirit Soul.
Filmed at Nat Pwe in Taungbyon, August 2002. Portrays the annual festival in Taungbyon, Burma, which combines conservative tradition with free-spirited music, dance and ecstatic spirit possession. It features the Pwe ceremony to appease ghost spirits called Nats, who are summoned by the flamboyant Kadaw, or master of the Pwe. Filmed by Richard Bishop; produced by Alan Bishop. c2003. 85 min. DVD 4087

Of Bards and Beggars.
A documentary film about the prayer ritual jagraan, made to the deity Pabuji, a guardian of livestock, as it is performed by folk musicians in Rajasthan. The musicians who perform the jaagran, known as bhopas, are losing their traditional patrons, the nomadic herders of livestock known as Raikas, and the remaining bhopas are forced more and more to perform for foreign and Indian tourists who know little about their craft. A film by Yask Desai, Shweta Kishore. 2003. 30 min. DVD 4950

On the Road with the Red God Machhendranath
Captures the complex human elements behind the wheeled chariot festival of the deity Rato Machhendranath of the Kathmadu Valley, one of Asia's greatest ancient religious festivals. Instead of exotic idealised depictions of tradition, the film portrays the gritty reality of the festival where confict or solidarity can prevail, maping the dynamic interplay between tradition and modernity. Directed and written by Kesang Tseten. 2005. 72 min. DVD 6712

Painted Ballad of India.
Takes place in the desert village of Rajasthan, on the western side of North India. Examines the painting of horizontal scrolls. The camera follows the ballad singer as he begins with the tale of Pabuji. The themes of his songs vary from ancient legends to contemporary social and political problems. 30 min. Video/C 2376

The Pupil of Her Hand, In the Palm of Her Eye.
A film by Claire Dannenbaum. "A visual exploration of an invisible phenomenon, The Pupil of Her Hand In the Palm of Her Eye maps the cross-cultural and personal journey of the filmmaker's search for an elusive subject, the evil eye. Using footage shot in Morocco, the film traces the irony of looking, gazing and glancing in Moroccan women's culture, where such actions are heavily coded and controlled. Ultimately, an evocation of references that lead to and hover about the evil eye, the film suggests the inherent complexity of ethnographic documents portraying another culture." (filmmaker's description) 10 min. Video/C 4475

Seraikella Chhau: The Masked Dance of India.
Introducesthe art form of the masked dance and illustrates the variety of characters that may be portrayed. 38 min. Video/C 3245

Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbha Mela
Documents the Kumbha Mela Hindu festival, attended by 70 million people, in Allahabad, India, during January, 2001, capturing the joy that enveloped both the festival's pilgrims and world-renowned gurus in attendance. Special features: Short documentary "Pilgrims from the West: four years on" (16 min.) ; interview with the filmmakers ; theatrical trailer ; Mela slide show gallery ; Ramanand Puri on yoga and breathing ; Purna Praghnamataji on dharma, satsang and gurus ; Pilot Baba on inner peace and samadhi ; Sadhevi Ritabharaji on unity and conscious awareness ; Sudarshanacharya Maharaj on devotion to a goal and celebration ; the Dalai Lama on religious harmony and inner peace. Produced and directed by Maurizio Benazzo & Nick Day. 2005. 85 min. DVD 4583

A Song of Ceylon.
"A formally rigorous, visually stunning study of colonialism, gender and the body. The title echoes the classic British documentary and evokes a country erased from the world map. The soundtrack enacts a Sri Lankan anthropological text observing a woman?s ritual exorcism. Visually, the film brings together theatrical conventions and recreations of classic film stills, presenting the body in striking tableaux. This remarkable film is a provocative treatise on hybridity, hysteria and performance." [Women Make Movies catalog]. Directed by Laleen S. B. Jayamanne. 1985. 51 min. Video/C 4650

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A Sons of Shiva.
Shows how the Bengalis in the town of Vishnupur celebrate the annual ritual of Gajan in honor of Lord Shiva, during which the participants renounce the concerns of daily life in order to devote themselves entirely to the service of God. A film by Robert Gardner. Originally produced in 1985. 29 min. DVD 5515; vhs Video/C 7622

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Wedding of the Goddess.
A documentary on the Chitterai Festival in Madurai, India, that provides historical background on the annual festival, shows the reenactment of the marriage of the god Sundareshvara and the goddess Minakshi, and provides a picture of the proceedings of the 19-day festival.76 min. Video/C 3767

Wheel of Time.
Wheel of Time is acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog's gorgeously photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India. It is said that Buddha found enlightenment under a tree in Bodh Gaya and today, Buddhist monks are ordained in this holy place. Herzog magically captures the lengthy pilgrimage (which for some, is over 3,000 miles), the monk's creation of the beautiful and intricate sand mandala (the wheel of time) along with many secret rituals that have never been seen before on film. He delivers a personal and introspective look at what Buddhism really means to the most ardent followers, as well as giving outsiders an intimate look into a fascinating way of life. 2003. 80 min. DVD 4593

Southeast Asia

Ball of Fire: The Angry Goddess
Ethnographic coverage of the Kerala South Indian ritual dance mudiyettu, in which men become possessed by the spirit of the goddess Bhadrakali. 1999. 58 min. Video/C MM617

The Batak: Ancient Spirits, Modern World
Sociocultural anthropologist James Eder documents the Batak tribes' eco-friendly hunter/gatherer way of life on the Philippine island of Palawan. Increasingly driven to take part in the island's growing cash economy, the tenacious Batak struggle to maintain their cultural and spiritual identity. Can conservationists, who approve of their sustainable methods of harvesting, help to secure the tribe's ancestral forest before it is lost?. 2000. 50 min. Video/C 8595

The Bisayan Malay Heritage in Sabah
Documentary on the Bisaya ethnic group, a part of the Malay community who live west of Sabah especially in Beaufort and Kuala Penyu, Limbang Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam. They live along the Padas River, and subsist through the growing of sago with the river as a main of source of subsistence. Presented here are songs or 'badaup', presenting the liliput dance, pony dance, and the playing of traditional musical instruments. 2006? 40 min. DVD 8522

Chang
Tells the story of a farmer and his family living in the jungle of northeast Siam, and their struggles for survival against the many wild animals around them -- boars, tigers, leopards and even ... changs! (the Siamese word for elephant). The climactic elephant stampede is still considered one of the most exciting scenes in cinema history. Director/writers, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack. 1927. 70 min. Video/C 999:2691

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Between Two Worlds.
Describes the art of Shamanism and the role of the Shaman in Hmong society. Examines conflict between the ancient religion and traditions of the Hmong and Christian practice and belief. Interviews Hmong living in Chicago. 28 min. Video/C 2850

The Hmong: Hilltribe People of Laos.
Portrait of the daily life, culture and spiritual beliefs of the Hmong hilltribe people living in the Loei (Ban Vinai) refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing persecution in Laos. 58 min. Video/C 1883

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance:
Vietnam, Cambodia (Video/C 3519); Thailand, Burma (Video/C 3520); Malaysia, Philippines (Video/C 3521); Indonesia (Video/C 3522-3523) (for complete listing of contents, consult GLADIS under series title: f se JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance). 49 min. ea.

Paj Ntaub: Textile Techniques of the Hmong.
Through profiles of four Hmong women now living in Rhode Island, this film looks at the history and traditional weaving techniques of the Hmong people of Southeast Asia. 1996. 40 min. Video/C MM843

Shamans of Siquijor: The Healers
Profiles three healers on Siquijor Island, Philippines, who cure illnesses using herbs, incantations, a magical prayer wheel, and other means. Is folk healing still valuable for the social and spiritual life of the community or just a dying relic of old traditions? c2004. 27 min. DVD 6672

Trial in the Jungle.
A documentary film investigating a controversy which errupted among anthropologists over the Tasaday, a small group (26) of Stone Age cave-dwellers who were discovered in the rain forests of the Southern Philippines in 1971. In 1986, a Swiss journalist, Oswald Iten, broke the story that the Tasaday were not cave-dwellers and were not a separate group but part of the local T'boli and Manobo people; that it was a hoax orchestrated by President Marcos' Minister for Tribal Affairs. In 1987, the Philippine Congress held 6 hearings on the Tasaday and after 2 years concluded that they are authentic. 49 min. Video/C 4103

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Carnival in Switzerland: A World Turned Upside Down: Festivities From Four Different Towns
eatures four old-time Carnival celebrations from different towns in Switzerland: Carnival Sunday in Evol`ene with its huge masked figures swathed in burlap and straw who harass passers-by, Kriens with its male celebrants dressed in traditional female costume, Liestal with its firewagons and firebroom parade, and Luzern with its teams of costumed figures in a street parade. 2000. 54 min. Video/C MM883

Es war einmal: Das Land der Bruder Grimm (Once Upon a Time: The Fairy Tale Land of the Brothers Grimm)
A documentary on the two brothers Grimm who compiled their famous fairy tales from oral folk tales and legends handed down by the German people. Presents a biography of their lives and scenes from areas in Germany where they were raised and spent their adult lives. 29 min. Video/C 8699

Gypsies.
The Russian government has passed a law requiring gypsies to have an address so they are no longer allowed to wander across Russia. This documentary deals with the changes that are taking place as the gypsies become homeowners and with the younger generations of gypsies who are starting to be absorbed into the Russian culture, much to the dismay of the older generation. Directed by Natalia Homutova. c2000. 50 min. Video/C 7745

Gypsies.
A cinema-verite style documentary film directed by Wladyslaw Slesicki that follows a traveling gypsy caravan as they wander across rural Poland. Original synchronous sound with no Commentary. Direction and script by Wadyslaw Slesicki. 1961. 30 min. Video/C MM1104

Kypseli--Women and Men Apart: A Divided Reality
A film essay on the peasant society of Kipseli, a small isolated Greek village on the island of Thera. Depicts how the people of Kipseli divide time, space, material possessions, and activities according to an underlying pattern based on the separation of the sexes, and shows how this division determines the village social structure. 1973. 38 min. Video/C 7648

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Latcho Drom.
This film presents, in documentary format, a glimpse of contemporary Gypsy life as expressed in a variety of musical settings. Scenes and music from Gypsy cultures in India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Spain. 103 min. Video/C 4068.

Man of Aran.
Videocassette release of the 1934 motion picture. Writer, Robert J. Flaherty; cinematography, Robert J. Flaherty, Francis Flaherty, John Goldman ; music, John Greenwood. Depicts the daily existence and fight for survival of the fisherfolk living on the remote and barren Aran Islands of Ireland. 77 min. Video/C.999:410

Peasant Women of Ryazan.
Silent film with Russian intertitles. Long considered this female Soviet director's best work,film is a poetic and lyrical ethnographical film which depicts social change in a Russian rural village. As a social document the film reveals, with sensitivity, the status of women in the old way of life which at times was demeaning. 80 min. Video/C 4037

Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust
Chronicles the Roma (Gypsy) Holocaust--Porraimos, or "the devouring" which shows how the pseudo-science of eugenics was used to persecute not only Jews, but also Gypsies. Using interviews with Austrian, Czech and German Gypsy survivors, as well as photographs and films from the Reich Department of Racial Hygiene, this film reveals the oppression of the gypsies -- their registration and segregation, their sterilization, the medical experiments and eventual murder. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 9742

Processione: a Sicilian Easter
The annual "Procession of the Mysteries" in Trapani, Sicily, is a 400-year-old ritual procession that begins on Good Friday and continues for 24 hours. In the procession, townsmen carry one-ton statues depicting the Stations of the Cross through old Trapani. The last statue in the procession is that of the Madonna, who "searches" for her lost son, Christ, until she "returns" to the village church on Holy Saturday. It explores the psychology of ritual--the reasons why a community has for centuries staged a religious celebration as a public theater of grief and communally shared mourning. 1989. 28 min. Video/C 8681

The Romany Trail.
Part 1 is a search for the "lost" gypsy tribes of Egypt, and traces their route into Spain; pt. 2 goes to India, to find what are believed to be the original gypsy families whose descendants migrated across the Middle East to Africa and Europe, and then goes to Eastern Europe, among the oppressed gypsy communities of then-Communist Europe. 120 min. Video/C 3266

Sanjoaninas na Terceira.
A visit to the celebration of the Festas Sanjoaninas held on the island of Terceira in the Azores. This festival of Portuguese songs, dances, storytelling and bullfights celebrates the religious and cultural heritage of the residents of the Azores. 58 min. Video/C 4381

Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady Aparecida)
In the Portuguese village of Senhora Aparecida, the annual festival is being prepared. The biers that reach fifteen meters high and which are carried by 70 men are being erected and decorated. The penitents order the coffins that will carry them, in a procession to the chapel as is the secular tradition. But a new priest has his own ideas about how religion should be practiced in the town and wants to put an end to the coffins procession. 1994. 55 min. Video/C 9726

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Song of the Sephardi.
A feature-length documentary musical film about the songs and traditions of the Spanish Jews ... with the participation of the Sephardic communities of Seattle and Jerusalem. 75 min. Video/C 2325

Summer Walkers: A Documentary Study of the Life and Culture of the "Travelling People" in the Highlands of Scotland.
Travelling People -- the British people of Nomadic life style -- are known as Summer Walkers in the Highlands of Scotland. The documentary talks about their Celtic origin, their culture and shows examples of their craftsmanship. 1977. 63 min. Video/C 981

Suspino: A Cry for Roma
Examines the persecution and discrimination inflicted upon European Roma, or Gypsies as they are pejoratively called. Focuses on Romania, where Europe's largest concentration of Roma are considered "public enemies" -- and Italy, where the Roma are classified as nomads and forced to live in camps while being denied human rights available to refugees and foreign residents. 2003. 72 min. DVD 3224

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The Venice Gondola Pageant
Presents the Regata Storica, a great water pageant in Venice, Italy, featuring standing oarsmen in period costume re-enacting the pirate raid. The races and parades of crafts in addition to concerts and exhibitions add to a grand spectacle. 1986. 30 min. Video/C 8629

The Village.
Records everyday life in the village of Dunquin in County Kerry, Ireland during the summer of 1967. Shows the society of the village before extensive acculturation by tourists. In Gaelic with English subtitles. Accompanying study guide [Video/C 6284 GUIDE] includes bibliography. 70 min. Video/C 6284

We Have No War-Songs: Gypsies: the Professional Amateurs of Life.
Since their appearance in Europe first recorded in the 14th century, the Gypsies have always struggled for the freedom to live their own lives in their own way. They have been persecuted, tortured, expelled and killed, and yet remain unique as the only nation of people that have never written or sung war songs. Filmed at the seven day gathering of thousands of Gypsies from all over the World in Saintes Maires de-la Mer in the South of France, this film celebrates the unique nature of the Gypsy people and poses questions of tolerance and individuality in today's increasingly materialistic and nationalistic world. A documentary by Izzy Abrahami and Erga Netzc1995. 53 min. Video/C 6338

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Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life.
A documentary in which Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison travel through Asia Minor and Iraq to reach a tribe of nomads in Iran known as the Bakhtyari. They follow the tribe on its forty-eight day trek across deserts, streams, and mountains to reach pasture for their flocks. These three people were the first Westerners to cross the Zardeh Kuh Pass and the first to make this migration with the tribes. Videodisc release of a 1925 motion picture. Bonus feature: Film historian Rudy Behlmer audio interview with producer-director Merian C. Cooper. 71 min. DVD 1931

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Hajj: Drinking from the Stream.
A film by Claire Dannenbaum. "Hajj is an experimental ethnography looking at acts of resistence and empowerment in the everyday life of Turkish and Kurdish women. This project explores the notion of performance in everyday life--forms of activity which would otherwise be censurable, dangerous, or threatening--in the context of a gender-segregated and patriarchal culture. While Hajj is not an anthropological film per se, it attempts to counter mainstream ethnographic preoccupation with esoteric or ritual activity (special occasions and "public: culture typically carried out by/for men) by looking at "non-events," or the performative elements in women's domestic tasks. Using footage of village life and women at work, the film addresses the multiple meanings behind women's domestic labor, and the potential social power derived from the marginalized activity of home." [filmmakers description] 20 min. Video/C 4476

Patterns of Subsistance: Hunter-Gatherers and Pastoralists
This is the first of a two-part examination of various subsistance patterns. Selected roles among the Kung, the Mbuti and the Nuer of Africa, the Netsilik Eskimos, and the Basseri of Iran are used to illustrate the patterns and relationships. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 577

People of the Wind
A documentary in which the Babadi, a nomadic tribe belonging to the Bakhtiaries of Iran, annually migrate across the Zagros Mountains from winter to summer pasture with their herds of sheep. The people are led by Jafar Qoli, the Kalanter (chief) of the Babadi groups who assumes responsibility for the trek. Directed by Anthony Howarth ; written by David Koff. 1977. 110 min. DVD 1932

Woven Gardens (Tribal Eye).
Examines the woven rugs of the Qashqai tribe of Iran and explains how the rugs are made, what functions they serve, and the significance of the traditional symbols used in their design. 52 min. Video/C 179

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African American Studies videography
Asian American Studies videography

Always for Pleasure.
A film by Les Blank. Part 1 captures the music, food, and street celebrations that typify New Orleans. Part 2 focuses on the annual revival of Black Indian social and cultural traditions, featuring Wild Tchoupitoulas and other Black Indian tribes as they prepare for and celebrate Mardi Gras. Dist.: Flower Films. 58 min. Video/C 1830

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American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody's Land
America is home to one million Gypsies, or Rom, whose rich culture has long been mysterious to outsiders. A flamboyant Romani leader -- defying widely held stereotypes and his own people's code of secrecy -- invites the viewer into this world when it comes under treat. He leads us through the history of his people through civil rights courts, Las Vegas casinos and beyond. 1999. 80 min. Video/C 7455

American Tongues.
Illustrates various dialects of the English language within the United States and various attitudes about regional, social, and ethnic differences in American speech. 53 min. Video/C 993

Amerikanuak: the Basques of the American West.
Contemporary interviews and festival activities are combined with archival photographs and maps to present a brief introduction to American Basques and their culture. 28 min. Video/C 2312

The Amish (Multicultural Peoples of North America; 2.)
Celebrates the heritage of the Amish by tracing the history of their emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them and who they are today. Discusses when and why they emigrated, where they settled, which occupations they engaged in and who the important Amish leaders are in North America today. 30 min. Video/C 3289

The Amish and Us
An offbeat and sometimes amusing look at the growing commerce between the traditional Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the millions of tourists who visit them every year. This film examines the effect of suburban sprawl on Amish farming and the increasing reliance by the Amish on craft and construction businesses for their livelihood. Although the tourist trade is a boon to the Amish, the constant contact with outsiders threatens to erode the traditional values that undergird the Amish way of life. 1997. 57 min. Video/C 5627

The Amish: Not to Be Modern.
Provides a rare look at a community that separates itself from most modern technology. Shows Amish people performing farm work, creating elaborate quilts, and attending schools. Examines the religious reasons for their unusual life-style. 57 min. Video/C 2237

Ave Maria: The Story of the Fisherman's Feast
Held each year in Boston's Italian-American north end, the Feast of the Madonna del Soccoroso (also known as the Fisherman's Feast) is one of the most striking examples of the preservation of Old World cultural traditions. The feast culminates in the "angel ceremony," in which a young girl dressed as an angel "flies" by means of a pulley system three stories over the crowd below. 1986. 24 min. Video/C 8597

Being a Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains.
Looks at the life and tales of storyteller John E. Joines and his family from the Brushy Mountains of western North Carolina. Tells also of life in Appalachia during the first part of the twentieth century. 55 min. Video/C 852

Beyond Measure: Appalachian Culture and Economy.
Discusses the effect of coal and natural gas mining on the traditional Appalachian way of life and the environment. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 5289

Boneshop of the Heart: Folk Offerings from the American South.
Explores a rich vein of American individuality through incisive portraits of five contemporary southern folk artists four of whom are African American. Includes interviews with the folk artists Enoch Tanner Wickham, Charlie Lucas, Vollis Simpson, Thornton Dial Sr., Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Bradley Holley. 1990. 53 min. Video/C MM612

Chase the Devil: Religious Music of the Appalachian Mountains.
Religious music in the Southern Appalachians covers a wide panorama. At one extreme, is the idea that any music is the "devil's work," at the other is hard driving, rhythmic music. Focuses on the Holiness church experience depicting the exhuberant preaching and singing. 50 min. Video/C 3263

Crawfish and Freys.
Visits with the Frey family of southern Louisiana. By capturing the unique flavor of their crawfish and rice-based economy, the rhythms, tones, and melodies of their dialect and musical traditions, and the pride they take in their work, the film provides a remarkable depiction of how families can create identity and culture. 1997. 29 min. Video/C MM844

Dark Days.
Documentary about a community of homeless people living in a train tunnel beneath Manhattan. Depicts a way of life that is unimaginable to most of those who walk the streets above: in the pitch black of the tunnel, rats swarm through piles of garbage as high-speed trains leaving Penn station tear through the darkness. For some of those who have gone underground, it has been home for as long as 25 years. 2000. 84 min. DVD 854

A Day on the Bay.
Documentary on Italian fishermen immigrants from Riva Trigoso, Italy and their descendants in Santa Cruz, Calif. 27 min. Video/C 2186

Devil's Playground.
Looks at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of rumspringa which is a period in a teenager's life during which they are set free to explore the world outside the Amish life so that they can make an informed decision before they make a commitment to join the church at adulthood. This documentary follows four teenagers in their time of discovery. c2002 77 min. DVD 1607; also VHS Video/C MM231

Dry Wood.
A film by Les Blank. Documents the music and customs of French-speaking Blacks in southwest Louisiana. Focuses on two families in a rice farming community, capturing their humble, open lives through their older, rural style of Cajun music. With some captions. Dist.: Flower Films. 37 min. DVD 4979; vhs Video/C 1306

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Mutzmag: an Appalachian Folktale. Set in the Appalachian mountains around 1920, this American folktale is about a plucky young girl named Mutzmag who accompanies her two teenaged sisters when they decide to leave their tumble-down shack to seek their fortunes elsewhere. The girls lose their way in the forest and end up at the cabin of a wicked witch and her giant husband who plan to kill the girls. Mutzmag saves the day with nothing but a broken pocket knife and a ball of string. 53 min. Video/C 4145

Soldier Jack, An American Folktale. An adaptation of an Appalachian "Jack" tale set in the 1940's in which Soldier Jack becomes a hero when he uses his magic sack to capture Death and saves the President's daughter from a fatal illness. After many years in a world without Death, Jack realizes his mistake and releases Death back into the world again. 40 min. Video/C 4146

Ashpet. Set in the rural South in the early years of World War II, Ashpet is a humorous adaptation of the Grimm's folktale "Cinderella". In this updated Appalachian version, old Granny helps Ashpet attend the church picnic where she charms Doc Ellison's son but loses one of her fancy red shoes. 45 min. Video/C 4147

Hansel and Gretel, an Appalachian Version.In this adaptation of the Grimm's folktale "Hansel and Gretel" filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a poor Depression-era father and stepmother can no longer afford to feed their children so they walk them into the forest and "lose" them. Banjo tunes serenade the resourceful pair in this Appalachian version, as they find their way through a misty forest to the harrowing witch's decorative log cabin with its outdoor kitchen, and eventually back home to their backwoods hollow. 16 min. Video/C 4148

Rapunzel, Rapunzel. In this live-action, turn of the century American adaptation of the Grimm Brother's folktale "Rapunzel", a young girl is imprisoned in a tall wooden tower by a witch. She allows a young man to climb her long brown hair but the witch discovers the nocturnal visitor, cuts Rapunzel's hair and blinds the young man. He wanders for many years until he is healed by Rapunzel's tears. 15 min. Video/C 4149

The Frog King; and, The Making of The Frog King. A live-action, American adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "The Frog Prince" of a girl who promises a frog that she will be his friend if he will retrieve her golden ball from a well. Her father compels her to keep the promise and when, in a rage, she throws the odious frog against the wall, he turns into a handsome and appealing suitor. 27 min. Video/C 4150

Bristlelip. An American adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "King Thrushbeard". In this updated version set in Federalist Virginia around 1815, an exasperated father to humble his haughty daughter, plans to send her to work as a kitchen maid in the home of one of her rejected suitors. 20 min. Video/C 4151

Jack and the Dentist's Daughter. An American adaptation of a Grimm Brothers' folktale called "The master thief". Filmed with a predominantly black cast and set in small-town America during the early 1930's, it is a comical story about a clever hero who wins his true love by using his head. 36 min. Video/C 4152

Bearskin or the Man Who Didn't Wash for Seven Years. A live-action, American version of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "Bearskin", in which a soldier, returned from the Civil War, makes a deal with the devil that he will neither wash nor pray for seven years. In return he will be rich for life. 20 min. Video/C 4153

The Goose Girl. A live-action, American adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "The Goose girl". Set in seventeenth century America, this story deals with a young princess who is forced by her maid to swap places on the way to her wedding. She is sent to tend the geese and the maid, disguised as the princess, prepares to marry the prince but eventually the identity of the true princess is revealed. Shows that endurance and virtue triumph. 18 min. Video/C 4154

From the Deep Grapevine
This lively documentary explores the French heritage of southwestern Louisiana: the language, traditions, art, food and above all, the music of the Cajun and Creole peoples in this region known as Acadiana. Featured in the film is the Festival International de Louisianne, a six-day celebration of the area's francophonic roots and cultural influences. Produced-directed by Amy Kalafa and Alex Gunuey. 1993. 58 min. Video/C MM733

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers
A film by Les Blank. Celebrates the virtues of garlic, from a Chinese restaurant's sizzling wok to the stuffed piglet specialty of Berkeley's Chez Panisse and the garlic festival at Gilroy, Calif. Garlic enthusiasts describe the bulb's role in history, its medicinal qualities, and their own favorite garlic concoctions. Dist.: Flower Films. 1980. 51 min. Video/C 1835

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Georgia Sea Island Singers
Presents pure spirituals sung as they were 100 years ago on St. Simon's, an isolated island off the Georgia coast. Each song is introduced by explanatory titles and is first sung unaccompanied by two men and three women, then later performed accompanied by a tamborine, a broom handle on a board, and dancing. Filmed by Bess Lomax Hawes. 1963. 12 min. Video/C MM577

The Good Times are Killing Me
Filmed on location in Southwestern Louisiana in 1975, this documentary presents a portrait of Cajun culture. Focusing on the Cajuns' strong cultural identity, the filmmakers document the integral role that music plays in passing traditions from generation to generation. Looking at the events leading up to Mardi Gras, the tape visits women at a beauty parlor, the drag preparations of the "barber's son," and, finally, the pageantry of the celebration itself. At the heart of the tape is accordionist Nathan Abshire, whose jaunty stage manner belies a difficult and harsh life. Abshire is seen as representative of the Cajun culture, which has survived two hundred years of persecution and misunderstanding with its humor and idiosyncracies intact. Filmed by Hudson Marquez and Allen Rucker. Produced by TVTV and WNET Television Laboratory. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 58 min. Video/C MM1176

Graffiti Verite: Read the Writing on the Wall
Los Angeles graffiti artists discuss the themes and motivations of their work, and how they evolved from taggers to artists. Several are shown at work on projects, indoors as well as outside. The history and significance of graffiti is addressed, as is its role in the Hip Hop culture. 45 min. Video/C 4469

GV2: Graffiti Verite 2
A follow-up film to the award winning documentary Graffiti Verite. Includes interviews with more graffiti artists and street scenes with over 400 tags, throw-ups and pieces of "street art" all presented to a backdrop of Hip Hop music. Includes coverage of the winning artwork of the First International Graffiti Art Competition. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 5719

GV3: Graffiti Verite 3 (The Final Episode)
The Final Episode is a poetic voyage, a meditation, into the iconography of Graffiti art featuring an eclectic sound track as it's emotional and intellectual core. "GV3 is a compelling sensorial experience; shockingly honest and defiantly politically incorrect." c2000. 54 min. Video/C 7118

Gullah Tales.
Gullah tales is a film fable set in 1830's in Southern Georgia and South Carolina and is based on folklore of peoples of African descent. 30 min. 2880 Video/C

The Hasidim.
Explores the history, traditions, ceremonies, and practices of the Hasidic community of New York to show why the Hasidim have flourished and influenced other Jews. 29 min. Video/C 3727

Holy Ghost People.
A report on the religious fervor of a small Pentecostal congregation in West Virginia whose fundamentalist philosophy encourages the biblical teaching of speaking in tongues and handling serpents. A film by Peter Adair 1983. 52 min. DVD 4054 (preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 2122

The Hutterites: To Care and Not to Care
A documentary exploring many facets of life in North American Hutterite communities. The Hutterites immigrated from Russia in the 1870's and maintain a medieval village pattern living in collective agricultural communities. They live simply but do employ technological innovations that will benefit the community, whereas items that promote individual comfort or entertainment are considered subversive to communal life. Five years in the making, this film marks the first time a U.S. film producer has been allowed access to Hutterite colonies. 1993. 59 min. Video/C 5797

In Heaven there is No Beer?
Shows Polish-American polka musicians and polka dancers performing at festivals, dance halls, and small beer halls in the eastern and midwestern parts of the United States. Features the music of Eddie Blazoncyck and the Versatones, the Dick Pillar Orchestra, Renata and Girls, Girls, Girls, and the Mrozinski Brothers. 51 min. Video/C 2111

Island of Saints and Souls.
A documentary showing how the Catholic traditions of numerous immigrant groups have influenced and contributed to the rich cultural texture of New Orleans. Takes the viewer through a year in the life of the city, exploring its colorful history, traditions, customs and feast days. 1990. 29 min. Video/C MM551

J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance).
A film by Les Blank. Looks at the Cajun-zydeco countryside, its people and their dance halls blended with wonderful performances of the music and the recollections of its musicians. Features historical sequences about Joe Falcon, Amede Ardoin, Iry LeJeune, Harry Choates and others. Dist.: Flower Films. 84 min. Video/C 1829

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Brassieur, C. Ray. "J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance): The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana." (movie reviews) Ethnomusicology v37, n1 (Wntr, 1993):149 (3 pages).
Lindahl, Carl. "J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance): The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana." (movie reviews) Journal of American Folklore v106, n422 (Fall, 1993):484 (58 pages).
Whitehead, Kevin. "J'ai Ete au Bal." (video recording reviews) Down Beat v58, n4 (April, 1991):61.

In Her Own Time
Focuses on cultural anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff's study of the community of Hasidic Jews in Los Angeles's Fairfax neighborhood. Also relates how, after exhausting medical treatment for cancer, she found strength among the traditions, faith, and caring of these Orthodox Jews. 1985. (See also: Number Our Days) Dist.: Direct Cinema. 60 min. Video/C 9591

Long Journey Home.
The film is a study of a contemporary Appalachian family that moved to a large city and then returned to the Appalachian region. It is a documentary about migration and the struggle of people racked by economic imperatives and their desire to maintain a homeplace. 1987. 58 min. Video/C 5288

The Love Prophet and the Children of God.
A riveting inside look at one of the world's most enigmatic religious movements and its infamous founder, David Berg. Bringing together a band of hippies and drop-outs in 1968 Berg preached the notorious practice of sleeping with potential converts to win over souls. Branded the "sex for salvation cult" by the media, this bizarre sexual approach enticed a new flock of converts swelling membership to well over 50,000 by the late seventies. c1998. 57 min. Video/C 8971

The Moveable Feast
Every August in Boston's North End, a group of Italian-Americans celebrate the Feast of the Madonna del Soccoroso, also known as the Fisherman's Feast. This is a tradition originating in Sicily and practiced for over 80 years in the United States. This documentary is about a group of descendants who went to Sciacca, Sicily to experience the feast.1992. 29 min. Video/C 8598

New Orleans' Black Indians: A Case Study in the Arts
Pre-lenten Mardi Gras in New Orleans serves as the background for this study of a mixture between American Indians and Blacks who compose the Black Indian tribes of New Orleans. The traditions, costumes, songs and dances date back more than 100 years and create living history of their folk art which is passed from generation to generation. 1983. 23 min. Video/C 9885

Number our Days.
Interviews conducted by anthropologist Barbara G. Myerhoff to document lives of Jewish senior citizens of Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, Venice, Calif. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1977. 29 min. (See also: In Her Own Time) Video/C 2150

Pizza Pizza Daddy-o.
Shows Afro-American girls playing singing games on a Los Angeles playground. Provides an anthropological and folkloric record of eight of these games. Directed and written by Bess Lomax Hawes and Bob Eberlein. 1968. 18 min. Video/C MM573

Quilts in Women's Lives.
Seven contemporary quiltmakers, among them a California Mennonite, a Black Mississippian, and a Bulgarian immigrant talk about their art, its importance in their lives, and how it is influenced by their daily experiences. 28 min. Video/C 4126

Raise the Dead.
A documentary journey into the Pentecostal tents and storefronts of Appalachia. This film explores the land, people and milieu of a misunderstood and largely undocumented religious tradition, poignantly capturing the spiritual depth and social compassion that has often been glibly caricatured by outsiders. c1998. 54 min. Video/C 7199

Rapture..
Film is about crossing the line between physical pain and spiritual ecstasy. Urban dancers hang beautiful weighted balls from temporary piercings in their skin and dance to ecstasy. A contemporary version of an ancient rite of passage, Rapture explores the link between medieval Christian mystics and modern acolytes who seek knowledge beyond the bounds of the physical. 1992. 8 min. Video/C 4907

Release Me O' Lord: Black Indian Mardi Gras
It's Mardi Gras morning in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Black Indian tribes are dancing and singing their way through neighborhood streets. The performace features elaborate costumes, dance and verbal battles as the Black Indian tribes of New Orleans perform dances, music and songs to symbolically triumph over oppression, as their Maroon ancestors actually did over the evil institution of slavery. Written and produced by Teri S. Massoth. 1999. 15 min. Video/C 8710

Road Scholar.
Satirical poet, Andrei Codrescu takes a six week, 4,500 mile odyssey across America in a cherry-red '68 Cadillac convertible. From the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate he makes impromptu detours along the way in search of a nation's heart and soul, meeting an unforgettable assortment of Americans from across the country. Andrei's odyssey is a delightful, ironic and vividly drawn portrait of America in all of its confounding diversity. Based on Codrescu's book of the same time (Morrison Rm E169.O4.C63 1993; Bancroft E169.O4.C63 1993 Non-circulating; may be used only in The Bancroft Library). 82 min. Video/C 4329

The Shakers.
Discusses the growth and decline of Shaker communal living. 30 min. Video/C 889

A Sound Baptism.
Examines an Afro-American Christian church in which jazz music is the dominant element of the church service. Produced by students enrolled in Ethnographic Film (Anthropology138B) at the University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Anthropology. 22 min. Video/C 3987

The Shakers--Hands to Work, Hearts to God.
A historical documentary on an American religious sect which, at its height in 1840, included six thousand believers. Touches first on the Shaker's superficial identity as celibate chairmakers, then pursues their historical and social significance through the use of archival photos, paintings, live shots of landscapes and architecture, and on-camera interviews. 58 min. Video/C 802

Spend It All.
A film by Les Blank. Presents the history, dances, leisure, people, and places of Louisiana's Cajun country. Captures the bravado and vitality of the Cajun people in various social and cultural activities, along with the music of the Balfa Brothers, Marc Avoy, Nathan Abshire, and others. Dist.: Flower Films. 41 min. Video/C 1302

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Stigmata: The Transfigured Body.
Women discuss tattooing and body piercing and the link between these practices and women's empowerment. 1992. 27 min. Video/C 4926

Strangers and Kin.
Discusses prejudices against "southern hillbillies" using old filmclips, drama, interviews, music, etc. Shows the exploitation of the mountain people by both writers and industrialists. Examines the effects of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Studies the cultural heritage of those who live in the southern mountains. Dist.: Appalshop. 59 min. Video/C 2375

Style Wars.
A documentary exploration of the subculture of New York's young graffiti writers and breakdancers, showing their activities and aspirations and the social and aesthetic controversies surrounding New York graffiti. Dramatizes conflicts between graffitists and the city, as well as among the graffitists themselves. 60 min. DVD 1668; also on VHS Video/C 2127

Talking Feet.
Documentary filmed in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina featuring flatfoot, buck, hoedown and rural tap dancing, the styles of solo Southern dancing which are companions to oldtime music and on which modern clog dancing is based.90 min. Video/C 3562

Tex-Mex: Music of the Texas Mexican Borderlands.
Tex-Mex music is an exuberant style with a Mexican soul and a rock'n'roll heart. It combines styles of corrida, norteno and others, is full of joy and energy, but carries significance through its lyrics about social problems. Musicians are shown in performance and conversation. Video/C 3453

A Well-Spent Life.
A film by Les Blank. Explores the black culture of rural Texas through the life of 75-year-old Mance Lipscomb, songster, sharecropper, and sage. Dist.: Flower Films. 44 min. DVD 4968; vhs Video/C 2110

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Yeah You Rite!
The English language as spoken in New Orleans has been influenced by the city's rich and varied history, leaving it with dozens of unique words and phrases that all New Orleanians understand but which frequently baffle visitors.29 min. min. Video/C 2902

Yiddish, The Mame-Loshn= Yiddish, the Mother Tongue.
Filmed in Los Angeles and New York, documentary examining the importance of the Yiddish language and culture to American Jews today through interviews, films, poetry and Yiddish music.58 min. Video/C 3197

Yo Soy Hechicero (I Am a Sorcerer)
It's all in a day's work for Juan Eduardo Nunuz, a Cuban refugee who leads a religious congregation in a backyard garden shed in a subdivision near Atlantic City, New Jersey. This neopagan religious cult deals in spirit possession, animal sacrifice, mythic storytelling and physical healing. Juan Eduardo's wife, a Pentacostal, claims that her husband is an instrument of Satan. 48 min. Video/C 4669

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Yum, Yum, Yum: A Taste of the Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisiana.
An introduction to the Cajun and Creole cooking of Lousiana. Dist.: Flower Films. 31 min. Video/C 2128

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Gutierrez, Paige. "Yum, Yum, Yum!: A Taste of the Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisiana." (video recording reviews) Journal of American Folklore v107, n424 (Spring, 1994):316 (3 pages).

Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart.
A film by Les Blank. A look at the culture and music of the Serbian American communities of Chicago and California, focusing on the cultural strengths of these immigrants who helped form the backbone of industrial America. Dist.: Flower Films. 51 min. Video/C 3554

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Forry, Mark E. "Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart." (movie reviews)Ethnomusicology v33, n2 (Spring-Summer, 1989):365 (3 pages).
Patterson, G. James. "Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart." (movie reviews) American Anthropologist v90, n2 (June, 1988):485 (2 pages).

Documentaries About Global Tourism

The Amish and Us
An offbeat and sometimes amusing look at the growing commerce between the traditional Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the millions of tourists who visit them every year. This film examines the effect of suburban sprawl on Amish farming and the increasing reliance by the Amish on craft and construction businesses for their livelihood. Although the tourist trade is a boon to the Amish, the constant contact with outsiders threatens to erode the traditional values that undergird the Amish way of life. 1997. 57 min. Video/C 5627

Cannibal Tours.
When tourists today journey to the farthest reaches of Papua New Guinea, is it the indigenous tribespeople or the white visitors who are the cultural oddity? This documentary explores the differences and the similarities that emerge when the two groups meet within the context of organized "travel adventure tours." A film by Dennis O'Rourke. 77 min. Video/C 2485

Destination Tourism.
Bodh Gaya, the world's most popular destination of Buddhist pilgrimage, is located in one of India's poorest states. Visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage site are typically shocked by the extreme poverty there, and the Buddhist tradition of alms-giving motivates them to donate money. As a result, Bodh Gaya has developed a sophisticated charity "industry" which caters to and depends on tourists and tourism. This thought-provoking documentary explores the complex, interconnected effects of tourism, globalization, culture, philanthropy, and religion in Bodh Gaya. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 2007. 20 min. DVD 7846

Global Tourism(Human Geography, People Places and Change ; 4)
Examines the experiences of tourists who visit Hawaii, Malaysia and Borneo and the tourism industry in each of those locations. 27 min. 1996. Video/C 4244

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Incidents of Travel in Chichen Itza
This ethnographic film depicts how New Agers, the Mexican state, tourists and 1920s archaeologists all contend to "clear" the site of the Maya city of Chichen Itza in order to produce their own idealized and unobstructed visions of "Maya" while the local Maya themselves struggle to occupy the site as vendors and artisans. 1997. 90 min. Video/C 9033

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Innocents Abroad.
A delightful, light-hearted documentary about forty American tourists visiting ten European countries in a whirlwind two weeks. Starting in London and visiting Amsterdam, Heidelberg, The Black Forest, Lucerne,Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Nice, Avignon and Paris, the film chronicles a diverse group experiencing Europe for the first time. Not a typical travelogue but an exploration of the experience of travel, this film provides human interest and sociological insights. A film by Les Blank. Dist.: Flower Films.1991. 84 min. Video/C 7643

Of Bards and Beggars.
A documentary film about the prayer ritual jagraan, made to the deity Pabuji, a guardian of livestock, as it is performed by folk musicians in Rajasthan. The musicians who perform the jaagran, known as bhopas, are losing their traditional patrons, the nomadic herders of livestock known as Raikas, and the remaining bhopas are forced more and more to perform for foreign and Indian tourists who know little about their craft. A film by Yask Desai, Shweta Kishore. 2003. 30 min. DVD 4950

Over Rich, Over Sexed ... Over Here.(New Pacific; 4)
Examining the forces that are shaping the modern face of the Pacific region, this film looks at the impact of tourists on the cultural lives of the people of the Pacific. Indigenous populations are resentful of the ease with which Western tourists come and go and are resentful of the power of their tourist dollars. 1986. 60 min. Video/C MM582

Quiet Places: A Look at Ecotourism in the Philippines.
With the continuing destruction of the environment in the Philippines and the loss of the very resources that are being counted upon to draw visitors, it has become necessary to examine how tourism may be revised. This film examines the concepts behind ecotourism and shows how it is being implemented in the Philippine Islands. c1998. 32 min. Video/C 7109

The Toured: The Other Side of Tourism in Barbados.
This provacative documentary portrays the experience of tourism from the point of view of those who are "toured", in this case on the Caribbean Island of Barbados. Bajians talk about the realities of making a living in a tourist economy and witnessing one's traditional culture change under the impact of foreign visitors. 39 min. Video/C 6186
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