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El Cacao at the Margaret Mead Film Festival

There are almost too many cool movies to pick from at this anthropology-themed film festival at the American Museum of Natural History, but a few stood out from the crowd. One of them is El Cacao a documentary that traces the origins of “Swiss” chocolate to a farm in Panama and introduces viewers to the village and the people who make their living from cacao. The film presents a challenge to widely-held ideas about fair trade and globalization. For the full schedule of films click here.

Read more about the festival here.



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The Invisibles at the Margaret Mead Film Festival

Probably the most of-the-moment film at this anthropology-themed festival happening at the American Museum of Natural History is Die Unsichtbaren (The Invisibles, Friday Oct. 23, 7:30 pm), a 2014 German documentary about the growing immigration crisis in Europe that has clearly only become more extreme since filming wrapped. The doc focuses on a handful of undocumented migrants from a variety of conflict zones after they arrive in a small town in Germany, just across the border from Poland and face what seems like an interminable waiting game to see whether they will be granted asylum or sent back.

Read more about the film fest and watch a trailer for The Invisibles here.