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Vanuatu Women's Water Music - An Audio-Visual Journey Deep into Pacific Island Culture
The performers of the Vanuatu Women's Water Music group hail from the remote northern tropical islands of Gaua and Merelava in Vanuatu. They travel the world performing the Na Mag and Ne Leang dances as a prelude to the water…
Heritage of Chinese Culture and Dance
With beautiful sights and sounds, this series provides a rare glimpse into Chinese culture through the introduction of seven representative dance forms. It traces the historical and geographical roots of the dance traditions in China and looks into what inspires…
9 videos
Play, Jankun Play - The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual of Belize
The Garifuna are a Central American people of West African and Native American descent. One of their most popular rituals is wanaragua, a three-fold system of masked Christmas processionals commonly called Jankunu. This ritual is a unique blend of African,…
Remembering the Mamoncillo Tree - Recordando el Mamoncillo
Every second Sunday of July from the early 1960s until today Cubans and lovers of Cuban music have gathered in New York City for the Recordando el Mamoncillo Festival. Organized by el Club Cubano, "El Mamoncillo" is not just a…
Jathilan: Trance and Possession in Java
Practiced in Java for centuries, Jathilan is a folk dance that uses the power of music and dance to channel powerful and sometimes terrifying forces. Led by a spiritual guide and a whip-bearing ringleader, a group of dancers ride woven…
The Films of Bess Lomax Hawes
BUCKDANCER (1965) Featuring Panaloa County fife player Ed Young with Bessie Jones. Ed Young does the Buckdance, demonstrates making a fife, and plays a tune on the fife. GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SINGERS (1964) Shot in 35mm film with multiple cameras…
4 videos
Puamana
Aloha! This gentle portrait of Auntie Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers, focuses on Hawaiian women's contributions to family structure, art, music and dance. An intimate glimpse into the real culture of the islands.
John Bishop Short Films
DOCUMENTARY RED TOP SNUFF (shot 1975, edited 1999) (8:43) (co-produced with Barbara Ayres; Noah Bishop editor) Ben Pearson's family has been milling on the Parker River in Massachusetts since colonial times and began grinding snuff when the industrial revolution brought…
13 videos
The Swahili Beat - An Introduction to the History of the East African Coast
The Swahili Beat is an upbeat look at the remarkable history of the Swahili people of Kenya and Tanzania's East African coast. Packed with the music and dance of its indigenous peoples, the film takes viewers along the coast from…
3 videos
The Drums of Winter (Uksuum Cauyai)
This feature-length documentary explores the traditional dance, music and spiritual world of the Yupik Eskimo people of Emmonak, a remote village at the mouth of the Yukon River on the Bering Sea coast. The Drums of Winter gives an intimate…
2 videos
Dances at Aurukun
This film is a record of traditional Aboriginal dancing at Aurukun Mission on Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. Filmed in 1962 for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, it showcases and preserves Wik ritual dances and ceremonies at…
Ethnic Dance Around The World
Examples of colorful ethnic dance from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australasia help us to understand why people dance and why their dances and music differ from country to country. While we enjoy the beauty and emotionalism of these…
Samba On Your Feet - The Music of Carnival
In Samba On Your Feet the filmmakers go behind the Carioca milieu to document samba and carnival. The one-hour documentary traces the influences that contributed to shape the music that consecrated Carnival as one of the most powerful cultural manifestations…
Movement (R)evolution Africa
Where are the stories of fiercely creative African individuals and what do they have to tell us about their lives? Meet Movement (R)evolution Africa's choreographic trendsetters. Hailing from Senegal to South Africa, the perspectives and creative processes of these dancers…
T'an Bahktale! (Good Fortune To You!): Roma (Gypsies) In Russia
The video was shot in central Russia in 1993. It documents how Russians, Romani performers, well-to-do merchant Roma, and poorer, metalworking Roma describe what it means to be a Gypsy. Before shooting, one of the directors did more than two…
Surviving Chau
This documentary maps the evolution of the ancient ethnic dance form of Chhau - an athletic dance of India done by men in masks - from an anthropological and sociological perspective. In addition to following the details of the entire…
Dances of the Kwakiutl
Dances of the Kwakiutl is composed of fragments filmed in 1950 in Fort Rupert, British Columbia. They were made during a performance by those still familiar with the tradition of 'Hamatsa' or cannibal dancing. This type of dance was brought…
Carnaval De Pueblo
Carnival time is big in this small Spanish town in Andalusia. Appropriately described by a local as a 'newspaper', the carnival is a time of dressing up and coming together. The men compose 'spicy' songs about local affairs and sing…
I Like Hearts Like Mine: Markos Vamvakaris
Rebetiko is a musical genre that developed out of the urban working class in Greece between the two World Wars. Similar to jazz and "the blues", rebetiko was not only an art form but also a way of life. In…
Tragada Bhavai: A Rural Theater Troupe Of Gujarat
Bhavai is the traditional rural theater of Gujarat. Today there are only a few troups of Bhavai performers in India. This film follows one troup as it travels throughout the countryside, performing in villages for audiences of the poor Koli…