Thursday, April 11, 2024

Tickets now on sale for AMNH's celebration of voices and perspectives from around the world


LeFrak Theatre at the Museum with a seated large crowd and a bright video playing on the screen.


Margaret Mead Film Festival 

Nestled in the Museum’s iconic halls, the festival serves as more than a cinematic event. It is a celebration of voices and perspectives from around the world, inviting attendees to come together to explore the rich, vibrant tapestry that is our shared human experience.

The four-day celebration taking place from Thursday, May 9, to Sunday, May 12, will present storytelling, documentary films, and live performance from diverse voices near and far. 



Four members of Soundtrack '63 singing alongside one another with their firsts up in the air.

Thursday Highlights

The festival weekend will begin with a stunning performance by Soundtrack '63, a multimedia orchestral retrospective of the Black experience in the United States.


Two religious symbols covered in blood set against a light blue sky.

Friday Highlights

Opening night features Sugarcane, a documentary that follows an investigation into abuse at a “residential school” for Indigenous children thirty years after its closure. The findings spark a reckoning on a sugarcane reserve.


A young woman in a grassy field with yellow flowers peering down.

Saturday Highlights

Films will highlight remarkable journeys of resilience and healing as people advocate to revitalize and protect their homelands.

Hear important conversations on uplifting native-led stories in today's media landscape with a panel of leading activists. 


One woman laying on one man's chest looking lovingly up at them.

Sunday Highlights

Experience the power of community activism with films that tell incredible stories of those working to preserve their native languages, rituals, and faith.


Throughout the festival, dive deeper into these stories and engage in vibrant discussions with filmmakers. Don't miss short, family-friendly animated films in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Be sure to see the acclaimed documentary series ICE COLD: The Untold Story of Hip Hop Jewelry in the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. This film is presented alongside the opening of the Museum's latest exhibition Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry, showcasing stunning pieces of art.

Plan your festival experience today! Welcome performance and opening-night film tickets are $15 ($13 for Members and students). All other screenings and programs are $12 ($10 for Members and students). Purchase 5 or more films or special events at one time and receive a 20% discount (excludes welcome performance and welcome toast). Weekend passes are available for $100 ($75 for Members) and include the welcome performance, welcome toast, and all other screenings.



Generous support for the Margaret Mead Film Festival has been provided by The Mead Trust.

A portion of the Margaret Mead Film Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.



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