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Alexandre Berman films near the Panguna mine. Photo: Nathan Matbob
Filmmaker Interviews

Intersecting Lives: An Interview with Olivier Pollet and Kristian Lasslett

Recently, we interviewed filmmaker Olivier Pollet and Professor Kristian Lasslett about the making of the online platform The Colonial Syndrome, a companion to their film Ophir.

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Marshall Exhibit at !Khwa tuu San Cultural Center
News

Exhibition in South Africa featuring the Marshall films: Bringing Back the Archive

We are delighted to announce an exhibition featuring John Marshall’s films and Marshall expedition photos now open at the !Khwa ttu San Heritage Center outside Cape Town, South Africa. The exhibit opened in September 2023, following a multi-year collaboration between !Khwa ttu, Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and DER.

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N/um Tchai (1969)
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DER Receives 2023 Preservation Grant from NFPF

DER is excited to announce that we are recipients of a 2023 preservation grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore two of John Marshall’s films – BITTER MELONS (1971) and N/UM TCHAI (1969).

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Still image from DEAD BIRDS (Robert Gardner, 1964)
Film Reviews

Director’s Pick: Dana Rappoport on DEAD BIRDS, Narrated by Jean Rouch

Dana Rappoport, esteemed anthropologist and filmmaker of DEATH OF ONE WHO KNOWS, recently shared a brief review of Robert Gardner’s DEAD BIRDS with Jean Rouch providing the narration in French.

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Itam Hakim Hopiit - Victor Masayesva, Jr. (1984)
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Press Release: ITAM HAKIM HOPIIT Added to the National Film Registry

DER is proud to announce the induction of Victor Masayesva, Jr.’s Itam Hakim Hopiit into the National Film Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress (LOC) selects 25 films deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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My Rembetika Blues DER PODCAST
Filmmaker Interviews

DER Podcast: Mary Zournazi on MY REMBETIKA BLUES

We recently sat down with filmmaker Mary Zournazi to discuss her new film My Rembetika Blues. Rembetika music, or the Greek blues, is a music born of exile and the streets, developing its roots from the mass migration of people in the early twentieth century.

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