Tall as the Baobab Tree
With director Jeremy Teicher in person
With local food provided by The Astor Bake Shop from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., and live music performances by This Frontier Needs Heroes (Brooklyn alternative folk) at 1:00–1:45 p.m. and 3:45–4:30 p.m. in the Museum’s courtyard
Senegal. Dir. Jeremy Teicher. 2012, 82 mins. With Dior Ka, Oumul Ka. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family’s remote Senegalese village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her young sister from a fate she did not choose. This affecting African drama was a highlight of this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival “Bright Futures” section.
Dir. Ross Whitaker. 2011, 14 mins. A fascinating documentary about the ancient art of cutting turf by hand in the bogs of Ireland.
Beaver Creek Yard
Dir. Laska Jimsen. 2013, 6 mins. A poetic visual account of a Christmas tree processing facility provides insights into the human impulse to control, exploit, and profit from the natural world.Free with Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
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