BOOKINGS ARE FILLING UP FAST for the RAI's anthropology outreach events in March, which many of you have seen on the blog two weeks ago. For those of you who haven't had a chance to book free tickets yet, now is your chance to do so! Those of you who have booked tickets have asked for more details and information about the events which I have posted in this entry. Find out more about the list of speakers at the event at the British Museum, and the hands-on activities you will find at Kew!
The Social Life of Plants
SATURDAY 7th March 11:00am- 4:00pm
The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (Jodrell Laboratory) Richmond, Surrey, TW9-3AB
For a list of the types of stalls and research that will be on display on the day take a look here.
SUNDAY 8th March 10:30am -4:30pm
The British Museum's Clore Centre: Great Russel St. London, WC1B 3DG
Upstairs at the RAI Film Screenings: People, plants, food and film
Monday 9th March: 6:30-8:30pm
Uncle Poison (1998)
Filmed in the city of Caracas, capital of Venezuela, Uncle Poison is an intimate portrayal of a traditional faith healer, set against the backdrop of his community's Easter celebrations . Every day Benito Reyes receives people at his house looking for all sorts of cures. Through the personal testimony of the healer, this documentary looks at his role as a mediator between the social, natural and spiritual worlds. The producer, Ricardo Leizaola, will join us for a Q &A session after the screening.
Tuesday 10th March: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Chris Owen, 52 min
Betel nut is one of the most widely used narcotics in the world. Many families living in coastal areas of Papua New Guinea, where it is grown, have come to depend on betel nut for their livelihood (trading small quantities of the nut up form the coast to sell in their local markets) as well as feeding their addiction to the drug itself. For many, the betel nut trade is the only source of cash income to pay for basic needs such as food, school fees and medicine. This is a story of one such family -Lukas Kaima and his wife Kopu-as told by their friend and close neighbour, Chris Owen, an Australian expatriate. There will be a Q &A session with Professor Eric Hirsch (Head of Department of Anthropology) at Brunel University following the screening.
Wednesday 11th March: 6:30-8:30pm
*Two short films will be shown*
The Land on which we Stand (2007)
Rebecca Payne, 31 min
This film gives us a glimpse into the life of the Landmatters Co-operative, a community of 11 adults and 4 children living in benders and yurts in rural Devon as they develop a permaculture project. Although the group own the 42 acres of land, it was originally bought for agricultural purposes and they do not have planning permission to use it for residential purposes. The film follows the group as they fight for permission to live on the land in order to create a self-reliant way of living that doesn't depend on fossil fuels.
No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Tate LeFevre, 18 min
How can a radical activist movement based on limited participation in the capitalist system use the mainstream media to further its goals? This film follows members of the Freegan movement in New York City as they dumpster dive, cook feasts with salvaged food and give interview to Oprah-all while managing their own difficult relationship with the media and each other.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME ALONG TO ANY OF THE EVENTS LISTED ABOVE, BOOK YOURSELF A FREE PLACE SOON BEFORE TICKETS RUN OUT! Phone: 0207 387 0455 or firstname.lastname@example.org