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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7pm

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Join us for a screening and discussion of A New England Document, a new documentary produced by Harvard College graduating senior Che Applewhaite '21. Using selected images and text from the Marshall Archive at the Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, A New England Document reconstructs the impulse of two ethnographers’ photographic endeavours in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia, from the reparative perspective of its formerly silenced stories.  The filmmaker, a Black international student at Harvard, and their daughter, NYT-bestselling writer Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, give voice in fragmentary counterpoint upon the haunting sounds of archival ghosts — of future possibility arising from once known pasts. A New England Document is 16 minutes long and was filmed on location in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Peterborough, New Hampshire.

'A New England Document world premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 (UK), where it was the featured film on an industry panel about "Decolonizing Documentary." It has also screened at 28th New York African Film Festival 2021, the 19th Royal Anthropological Institute Festival 2021, and the Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2021 – Presented by University of Pennsylvania’s CAMRA (Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts). Filmmaker Che Applewhaite will present the documentary, along with guest speakers TBA.

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