Director and producer Sarah Elder visits the F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series on Sunday, Oct. 28, to present Uksuum Cauyai/The Drums of Winter (1988). This and all F.I.L.M. series events take place on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ, and are free and open to the public.
Produced by Elder and Leonard Kamerling, Uksuum Cauyai/The Drums of Winter, explores the traditional dance, music, and spiritual world of the Yup'ik Eskimo people of Emmonak, a remote village at the mouth of the Yukon River on the coast of the Bering Sea.
Composer John Luther Adams wrote in Sight & Sound, “[The] music was not composed for the film. The music is the subject of the film … There is no narration, no one who tells us what to think. Rather than watching from the outside, we feel as though we’re inside the dance house experiencing each moment with the community.”
This classic ethnographic film was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2007.
Sunday, Nov. 4: Russian filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin, in person, with Our New President (2018)
Sunday, Nov. 11: Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017), presented by director Travis Wilkerson
Sunday, Dec. 2: Filmmaker Penny Lane presents The Pain of Others (2018) and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s Fraud (2018)