ALTAR presents Leviathan (2012, 87 mins), a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Amongst the most provocative and influential documentaries of recent times, Leviathan was filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville's inspiration for 'Moby Dick'. It is entirely dialogue free, yet mesmerizing and gripping throughout as it presents a cosmic portrait of one of mankind's oldest endeavors. Made by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, filmmakers and anthropologists.

When 23 September 2015
from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3-054)
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Screened with permission of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. The film will be introduced by anthropologist and filmmaker Jennifer Deger and followed by an open forum discussion. More info:

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