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Savage Memory

Original title Savage Memory


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 one hundred years later, 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 descendents of the people he studied. A meditation on the ways in which history and legacy are fabricated, created, and preserved, Savage Memory asks viewers to question the imprint that ancestors leave on the generations that follow.

Author/s Zachary Stuart & Kelly Thomson

Zachary Stuart, Director, trained as a documentary filmmaker at Harvard’s program in Visual and Environmental Studies. His first film “This is Just This” uses experimental sound and 16mm film to explore a first-person experience of North India. He produced and directed a documentary short on an ex-prisoner storytelling project “Public Voices.” He has worked on a number of interdisciplinary video and film projects including dancer Hana Van der Kolk’s memorial dance piece “For Them.” cinematography for the film “Occupation”and Faith Soloway’s Rock Operas “Jesus Has Two Mommies” and “Miss Folk America.” He has traveled to Israel to document an ecumenical Palestinian Pilgrimage which included interviews with Yasser Arafat. He traveled to Papua New Guinea, Australia and Poland on his current feature documentary “Savage Memory,” a portrait of the legacy of the infamous anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski Kelly Thomson, Director, is currently co-producing two PBS documentaries – Gaining Ground, a follow-up to the award-winning documentary Holding Ground, is a look at Boston’s Dudley Square neighborhood as they face difficulties, changes and successes during the current economic crisis; and An American Dilemma, the landmark study on race relations in the early 1940s authored by the Nobel Prize winning Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal. She was the Associate Producer of the four-part series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick (winner of the DuPont/Columbia Award and the National Science Academy’s Broadcast Award) and the one-hour documentary, Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness (winner Best Documentary, Hollywood Black Film Festival). Previously, Kelly worked as Head of Production for 50 Lessons, helping to create over 30 portraits of some of the world’s leading business professionals. She was also the Program Associate at Scenarios USA, a non-profit film production company that partners under-served teens with award-winning filmmakers to produce stories around sexuality and health. Kelly has worked on a number of independent films and shorts over the past ten years including Wild Art, Hotels 4, All Falls Down, Milk, A Vote for Choice, and Funeral of the Last Gypsy King. She received her BA from New York University in Religious Studies.

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Sound Emil Hewitt – Music
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