Monday, February 18, 2008

Lucy Special: Street Fictions and Realities@the Foundling Museum, 7th March


Hi Everyone,
I'm posting a special one-off message to Anthropologist About Town to let you know about some special Lucy events I'm running in March and give you the chance to book some free tickets before everyone else!!

s part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2008 (7-16 March) Lucy is running a special Childhood Exeperiences on Film series of FREE anthropology-related events designed for the general public.

The series kicks off with a late night event at London's Foundling Museum on the 7th March (think short films by visual anthropologists, Hogarth and Gainsborough paintings, interesting people and a free glass of wine (or elderflower cordial if you're under 18)) and is followed up a series of more intimate film screenings at the Royal Anthropological Institute (10th-12th March) looking at life in boarding schools. All events are free but you need to book a place by calling 0207 387 0455 or emailing

Full details are below!! Hopefully see s
ome of you there!

Street Fictions and Realities: C
hildhood experiences on film @ the Foundling Museum

Friday 7th March: 6.30pm-9.30pm
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

An evening of doucumentary short film screenings by visual anthropologists, exploring the experiences of children in India, Ethiopia, and Malawi, separated from their parents and finding imaginative ways to create homes for themselves. Plus: a free glass of wine and the chance to explore the art galleries and collections of the Foundling Museum, Britain's original home for abandoned children (normally £5 entry)

The films will be screened in the picture gallery (left) with plenty of time of explore the museum. Doors open at 6.30 and the first film will be
screened at 7pm.

Films to be screened:
Street Fictions (2002)
Malawi, 32 mins, Filmmaker and anthropologist: Dominic Elliot

combining their own dramatic reconstructions and real life observation, this film tells the story of the Malawian children who run away from their homes in search of a better life on the streets of Blantyre. As the children act out a fiction based on their own experiences, we also follow the work of Macdonald, a social worker whose hope it is to return them to their homes

Ravi and Bhajay (2002)
India, 26 mins, Filmmaker and anthropologist, Rachel Webster

An intimate and uplifting exploration of the lives of street children Ravi and Bhajay as they survive together on the streets of Mumbai. To get away from it all they visit the holy city of Vijan with the filmmaker. Despite being offered jobs and schooling if they stay in Vijan, the attraction of the streets is too great and they choose to return to Mumbai to be among their friends.

Room 11: Ethiopian Hotel (2007)
Ethiopia, 21 mins, Filmmaker and anthropologist: Itsushi Kawase

This film aims to capture a sense of the life of children living on the sreets of Gondar by witnessing the interaction between 2 children and the filmmaker. Although it is about the children's life on the steets, the entire film was shot in the filmmaker's room in the Ethiopian Hotel.

Upstairs at the RAI Film screenings: 10-12 March

Childhood Experiences on Film
continues with a series of intimate (max 20 people) evening film screenings exploring boarding school life. Screenings take place at the Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 5BT. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access at this time.

Monday 10th March: 6.30-8.30pm

Dorothea Gazidis and Kim Longinotto. 59 mins

A rarely seen classic by Kim Longinotto takes a dark look at the boarding school she ran away from as a teenager. Preceed by short film "The Good Ol'Days" by students from Greenwich Community College.

Tuesday 11th March: 6.30-8.30pm

David MacDougall, 100 mins

Filmmaker David MacDougall follows a group of new boys during their first term at the "Eton of India," capturing their conflicts and friendships, jokes and loneliness. Preceed by short film "Talk of the Trade" by students from Greenwich Communtiy College.

Wednesday 12th March
: 6.30-8.30pm

David MacDougall, 77 mins

MacDougall continues his exploration of school life at the progressive Rishi Valley School in India founded by the philiosopher Krishammurti. Preceded by short film"Anglesea Road: Mini Somalia" by students from Greenwich Community College.


I'd love to tell as many people outside of "academic" anthropology as possible about these events as they are, like anthropologist about town, especially designed for people new to the subject. I have lots of fliers and posters at the RAI Office (50 Fitzroy Street, W1T 5BT, nearest tube: Warren Street/Great Portland Street) so if anyone would like to volunteer to distribute a bundle in places like coffeshops and galleries I would be very grateful! Just:

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