DER at 50

DER at 50

DER turned 50 this year! We’ve been celebrating in style with events from Massachusetts to California. It’s been a time to reconnect with long-time friends and family, look at our history and future, and make new friends and connections along the way. We’re excited now to share some of the highlights of the 50th anniversary, reflecting on the successes and transformations of cross-cultural filmmaking. Stay tuned for a series of blog posts by staff and guest writers about our 50th-anniversary events.

Our deepest thanks to the many programs and institutions who helped plan and host our 50th Anniversary programming, including:

  • Harvard Film Archive
  • Harvard Art Museums
  • Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Ethnology and Archaeology
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association
  • Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California
  • DocYard at The Brattle Theatre

And a special thanks to our sponsors, the LEF Foundation and Cambridge Trust Bank. Our work would not be possible without the support of our community, and we’re so grateful for the continued support from each and every one of you.

Our efforts to promote ethical filmmaking, challenge exoticizing media, and foster deeper cultural understanding continues to be relevant today. We are excited to renew our commitment to this work. As always, you can stay up to date with the latest DER releases, filmmaker news, and our #50for50 campaign on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. We’re so proud of all that we accomplished this year, and needless to say, we’re excited to share it with you.


Marshall Exhibit at !Khwa tuu San Cultural Center

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)

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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