The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival, held November 10-13, 2011, announces the seven outstanding nominees for the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award. The award nominees, all U.S. premieres, continue to push the boundaries of visual anthropology as they take audiences deeply into contemporary societal challenges around the world.

The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by anthropologist Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The award is given to a filmmaker whose feature documentary offers a new perspective on a culture or community while displaying artistic excellence and originality in storytelling. Eligible filmmakers must present a U.S. premiere at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. The 2011 winner will be announced on November 13 at the Mead Festival’s closing night ceremony.

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