DER – Documentary Educational Resources has been awarded a matching grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve and remaster 9 classic 16mm films from the Yanomamö Series!
They are now raising $25,000 to meet the grant’s match requirements and preserve these films for future generations.
In 1968 and again in 1971, ethnographic filmmaker Timothy Asch and anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon formed a unique collaboration to document the Yanomami, an indigenous community living in the Amazon River Basin. The resulting Yanomamö Films Series was a groundbreaking ethnographic media project consisting of 21 finished films that expanded the boundaries of documentary.
A mix of Asch’s innovative short “sequence films,” and films about myth and fieldwork have been selected to focus on in this round of preservation (The Ax Fight was restored and preserved in 2001). All of the selected films are in regular demand for teaching and screenings around the world.
To make a pledge and learn more visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/derfilms/yanomamo-films-preservation