AAA 2021 Virtual Exhibit

Welcome to DER’s Virtual Exhibit! As the American Anthropological Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting provides both in-person and virtual participation, we’re excited to present DER’s news and updates in this virtual booth!
Still image from WAX PRINT (2020)

At our virtual exhibit booth, you can explore a collection of our new films, upcoming releases, and a sample of our restoration work. You can also read about the launch and progress of our Indigenous studies initiative, as well as recent blog posts about DER filmmakers.

If you have any questions regarding our catalogues or would like to know more about our works, contact us at . Feel free to check out our Staff Directory if you have specific questions for our staff.


We’re excited to present you a collection of our 2021 new releases, upcoming releases and a sample reel of our restoration work!

Take a look at our new release sizzle reel above – the reel includes:

  • 5 new releases: A Year in the Field, Mundo, The Healer and the Psychiatrist, Sankara is Not Dead, Life is A Very Strange Thing
  • 2 upcoming releases: Following the Thread, Wax Print
  • Yanomamo Series Restoration Demo Reel

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New films

Lucie Viver, 109 min, 2019

After Burkina Faso’s October 2014 popular uprising, the young poet Bikontine starts to question his dreams of seeking a better life in the West. He decides to go meet his fellow citizens along the country’s only rail line. From south to north, through cities and villages, he learns about their dreams and disappointments, confronting his poetry with the realities.

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Ana Edwards, 19 min, 2020

Every day, the elderly Matilde and her dog Lucas tend her herd of sheep and alpacas. Her daily life is steeped in the gospel; the Bible is her faithful companion. Mundo explores Christianity’s impact on the Aymara community’s relationship to the environment and how it is manifested in everyday experiences.

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Mike Poltorak, 74 min, 2019

On the South Pacific Island group of Vava’u, traditional healer Emeline Lolohea treats people affected by spirits. Not far away, the only Tongan psychiatrist, Dr. Mapa Puloka, has established a public psychiatry well known across the region. This film creates a dialogue on the shared obstacles these practitioners face in providing services to people in need.

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George Gmelch, Dennis Lanson, 33 min, 2020

Estonian anthropologist Joonas Plaan studies the impact of climate change in a Newfoundland fishing village. A Year in the Field shows how cultural anthropologists carry out their research, revealing the value of long-term ethnographic fieldwork – particularly participant observation, the quintessential method of cultural anthropology.

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Les McLaren, Annie Stiven, 78 min, 2018

Australian filmmakers Les McLaren and Annie Stiven last saw Frédéric Duvelle in the 1970s when he was a rebellious teenager recording traditional music in Papua New Guinea. Forty years later, a chance reunion became an opportunity to fill in missing decades and to discover his remarkable family history, spanning colonial and postcolonial times.

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Upcoming Releases

Aiwan Obinyan, 97 min, 2018

Surprised to learn from her Nigerian grandmother that ‘traditional’ African wax printed fabrics were a colonial invention made in the UK and Holland, British-born filmmaker and fashion designer, Aiwan Obinyan, sets out on a journey across the globe to trace the two-hundred year history of this iconic textile.

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Kathy Brew, 22 min, 2021

In the Peruvian Andes, textiles are omnipresent in the lives of indigenous people. This short film explores the history and revitalization of textile arts in several communities and includes special celebrations and ceremonies, rituals with the animals (llamas and sheep), natural dying processes, weaving and knitting demonstrations, and much more.

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Remastered Yanomamö Series

We have completed the Yanomamö films restoration project! Take a look at our restoration demo:

Climbing the Peach Palm - Before and After 2021 Restoration

We are excited to present you a sneak peek of the restored collection – CLIMBING THE PEACH PALM (1974). In this 9-minute short, a young man collects the fruit for his in-laws by means of two frames, each constructed of two crisscrossed poles.

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Other remastered FILMS IN THE Yanomamö Series:

This remastered Yanomamö collection will soon be available for licensing on DSL, with individual remastered films also available on DVD. All newly restored titles will for the first time include Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to English, subtitles. Pre-order yours today!

We’re also very excited to announce that the most influential film in the series – The Ax Fight (1975) – known for its groundbreaking storytelling techniques, will soon be available as a 4K digital remaster. Stay Tuned!

Interested in seeing other films in the Yanomamö series? Check out our extensive collection of 22 films on the Yanomamö.

Interested in bringing these films to your classroom?

DER films are available on DVD, Digital Site License (DSL) and on a variety of streaming platforms for institutional and home audiences. We appreciate you checking out our virtual exhibition booth, and are delighted to offer a 20% discount on any institutional order with code AAA2021. Feel free to browse through our catalogues as well!

To learn more about our new releases, download this new release brochure here:

New Releases – Fall 2020 / Winter 2021

Fall 2021 / Winter 2022 Catalogue

New Releases
Upcoming Releases
Yanomamö Series: Remastered Edition, Vol. 1
Collections Management & Preservation

Print copies of the current booklet are available on request. Please contact us at

What have we been up to?

DER Indigenous Studies Initiative - Still Image from SMOKIN' FISH (2011)


Our exciting new initiative at DER is a National Endowment of the Arts-funded project aimed at indigenizing the DER film collection with the intention of improving access to our catalogues for Indigenous audiences. The year-long project will involve creating reparative subject categories and applying the same sensibility to our descriptive practices. A longer goal is to engage viewers from the communities of origin, inviting them to re-encounter the films. Check out our blog post for more details!

Our team has also been working on an interactive map that organizes our film titles based on their geographical locations and cultural groups. A work-in-progress, we will continue to update the map and related resources on an ongoing basis.

Check out the map here:

Indigenous Film Index & Interactive Map

Indigenous Film Index - Interactive Map Screenshot

Enrich your teaching with these recent filmmaker interviews

Congratulations to DER filmmaker Aaron Glass on the release of his book: Writing the Hamat’sa, published by University of British Columbia Press! Over ten years in the making, this comprehensive publication covers two centuries of writing about the Hamat’sa, famously known as the Cannibal Dance. The dance is among the most important hereditary prerogatives of the Kwakwaka’wakw of British Columbia.

In 2004, Aaron Glass produced a 33-minute film about his research on the dance called In Search of the Hama’tsta (2004), tracing the history of anthropological depictions of the dance and presents some of the ways in which diverse attitudes toward this history inform current performances of the Hamat’sa. The film is available on DVD and DSL.

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  • Use code AAA2021 for a 20% discount on any institutional order. Check out your favorite films today!