Savage Memory # 17

Savage Memory

14:00, Thursday 13th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Zachary Stuart and Kelly Thomson, Linus digim' Rina
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 75 mins
  • Country of Production: USA, United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, Australia
  • Location: Trobriand Islands, Melanesia


In 1915, Bronislaw Malinowski set out to document the ‘exotic’ practices of a small group of islanders off the coast of Papua New Guinea. With extensive data on sex, magic and spirits of the dead, his work would set the stage for anthropologists for decades to come and bring him fame as one of the founding fathers of anthropology.

Four generations and almost 100 years after Malinowski’s expedition, his great grandson travels to Papua New Guinea and looks at the very controversial legacy he left behind – within the field of anthropology, within his own family and among the descendants of the people he studied.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

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