SUNY Oneonta’s Student Association Activities Council will host the 2012 American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival, a series of seven international documentaries, starting Wednesday, Sept. 12, and continuing through Oct. 31.

The films, which deal with topics ranging from the perils of coal mining in China to the challenges faced by artists and musicians in post-Apartheid South Africa, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Red Dragon Theatre at the Hunt College Union. All showings are open to the public. Admission is $3 (SUNY Oneonta students will be admitted free). 

According to a media release, the festival, which takes place annually at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is “the longest-running, premiere showcase for international documentaries in the United States.”  

“As multicultural chair of the Student Association Activities Council, I feel that it is important to bring programs to the campus that will expand our students’ comprehension of the world and broaden their understanding, curiosity and tolerance of the vast cultural variations that make the human species so interesting and dynamic,” Diane Mancini, a sophomore majoring in anthropology and Spanish, said in a media release.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday: “All for the Good of the World and Nosovice” (2010), directed by Vit Klusak. 

Sept. 19: “Convento” (2011), directed by Jarred Alterman.

Oct. 3: “The Creators” (2011), directed by Laura Gamse.

Oct. 10: “Grande Hotel” (2011), directed by Lotte Stoops. 

Oct. 17: “Rainmakers” (2009), directed by Floris-Jan van Luyn. 

Oct. 24: “Memoirs of a Plague” (2011), directed by Robert Nugent. 

Oct. 31: “To the Light” (2011), directed by Yuanchen Liu. 

Descriptions of the films are available online at



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