Margaret Mead festival has 'History'

Event opens Nov. 12 in New York and will screen 33 films

The 33rd annual Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival will screen 33 films, including documentaries and other non-narrative works, animation, experimental films and indigenous media, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The event will open Nov. 12 with the Gotham premiere of Peter Kerekes' "Cooking History," in which the helmer tours 20th century battlefields by revisiting mess halls and field kitchens and having the cooks re-create the meals they served on the front lines. Reliving the battles while they prepare these military meals, the cooks are proud of their roles in serving their countries but are haunted by the horrors of war.

The local premiere of Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi's "Hair India" will close the fest Nov. 15. Centered on a Hindu belief that the only way to repay a debt to the gods is by sacraficing one's hair, the film follows the course of this hair as it is sheared in a sacred ritual, sold at auction to the highest bidder and ends up strutting down the red carpets as high-end hair extensions attached to the world's most famous heads.

The Mead fest also will present a special multimedia creation called "DJ Spooky and the Science of Terra Nova." The presentation by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, brings attention to the effects of global climate change in Antarctica.