August15th 2021 - September 14th 2021
"A New England Document"
dir. Che Applewhaite (2020)
Using found footage with selected images and text from The Marshall Collection at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, A New England Document reconstructs the impulse of two ethnographers’ photographic encounters in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia, from the reparative perspective of its formerly silenced stories. The filmmaker, a Black international Harvard undergraduate, and their daughter, New-York-Times-bestselling writer Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, give voice in fragmentary counterpoint upon the haunting sounds of archival ghosts: of future possibility arising from once known pasts.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Che R. Applewhaite is a Trinidadian-British writer, filmmaker and cultural worker. He holds internationalist and interdisciplinary commitments to politics of time, specificity, relation and cultural process. His début short film, A New England Document, received its world premiere in 2020 at Sheffield Doc/Fest. He has written for Harvard Magazine, Open City Documentary Festival and Millennium Film Journal, and worked at the Harvard-Mindich Center for Engaged Scholarship, the Harvard Art Museums and as a research assistant to artist-filmmakers Ja'Tovia Gary and Christopher Harris.