Where The Trail Meets The Sky # 18

Where The Trail Meets The Sky

14:00, Thursday 13th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: James Monahan, Andrei Simic, Jennifer Cool
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 29 mins
  • Country of Production: USA
  • Location: USA (Pacific Northwest)
  • Language: English


The film explores the cultural life of the professional horsepackers in the American Pacific North West. The film attempts to move between the macro and micro by combining the inquisitive distance of observational cinema with the intimacy of formal and informal interviews. While most of the film focuses on the experience of five individuals, the project speaks to larger concerns that pertain to the construction of wilderness discourse, environmental ethics, history and tradition, and generational shifts in attitudes and behaviours.

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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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