Archaeology X: Building the PaleoDigger Machine (USA)
This short film examines the main problem archaeologists face in gaining a better understanding of the First Americans; the lack of stratified Paleoindian sites that contain well preserved archaeological deposits. The film discusses the rationale for the mechanization of archaeological testing and documents efforts to build and test the PaleoDigger machine.
Between the mud and the sky (Argentina)
In the middle of the missionary jungle, in the northeast of Argentina, lives a community deeply linked in spiritual and daily life to their ancestral culture. Among the richness of their cultural practices there is one that goes through their lives: the use of the petyngua. Many use these pipes, but few still know the traditional techniques for their manufacture. Nicanor wants to learn, so that knowledge about mbya guarani ceramics will remain in his community.
DIGADOHI: Lands, Cherokee and the Trail of Tears (USA)
DIGADOHI means lands in Cherokee and the story of genocide and ethnic cleansing is recorded in the archaeology at places along the Trail of Tears and in the traditions and family histories of the Cherokee today. The film chronicles archaeological excavations at witness sites along the trail including the Snelson-Brinker farm in Missouri, where on July 4th, 2017 the historic cabin was burnt to the ground.
Looking for Sapiens(France)
Looking for Sapiens is about clichés coming from the 19th century that we have about cavemen. Prehistorians and illustrators are interviewed about a more fair vision of these paleolithic populations, based on scientific research.
All these preconceived ideas you have about Prehistory are false, and we're going to prove it to you... with this documentary !
Lost Nation: The Ioway 3 (USA)
As two separate Nations, the Ioway entered the 20th century amid American Indian policies aimed at Native American assimilation. Ioway Elders join historians and archaeologists to tell the dramatic and true story of the small tribe that once claimed the territory between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from Pipestone, Minnesota to St. Louis. What was a quest for survival in the past, has become a struggle to retain a unique Native American culture and language in the present.
A teenager from a European country visits Greece and by strolling the “The Heart of Ancient Athens” area discovers the materiality of European values in the making, during the classical period.
The Acropolis and the surrounding archaeological sites were the scenery of events, initiatives and inventions that continue to be a source of learning for thousands of years and the material expression of the Greek contributions to intellectual history, the emphasis on logic and reasoning, an ordered universe or cosmos, the centrality of civic life, and human action rather than divine will as causation.
Pyramids builders. New clues (France)
Over the past few decades, significant discoveries have been made on the very site where the pyramids were built. But now, hundreds of kilometers from the pyramids themselves, we are gaining more insight into just how they were built. Two teams of Egyptologists, one based in middle of the desert, the other located on the Red Sea coast, are currently discovering more about the Egypt of Khufu’s time, than at the foot of the pyramids. What they found help them figure out how ancient Egyptians worked.
Samurai in the Oregon Sky (USA)
In 1942, Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita catapulted his seaplane off a submarine, flew over the Oregon coast, and became the only pilot to bomb the U.S. mainland during World War II. He never dreamed he would one day be invited back to the region, where he would begin a lifelong friendship with the people of a small Oregon town.
The Art of Time (Chile)
The panamerican road construction that links Chile from north to south, stumbles with the biggest archaeological site of the Coquimbo region: El Olivar, an enormous native settlement which houses numerous prehistoric tombs from different cultures, among them, the peak of the Diaguita Culture. The Diaguitas (800 - 1536 a.d.) reveal more than 700 years of Chilean prehistoric times, and their connection to the territory, discovering this time, a profound conception of time and death.
Vinum Insulae (Italy)
Antonio Arrighi, winemaker of the Island of Elba, has decided to try an experiment that if he succeeded, could enter into history: to repeat the preparatory technique for the withering of the ansonic, a practice used by the Greeks of the island of Chios, in the eastern Aegean, two thousand five hundred years ago.
The technique consisted in holding a quantity of grapes in the sea for a few days, in special containers.
Walking on water (Italy)
The flood of 1966 in Florence as seen through the eyes, camera and creativity of Beppe Fantacci, who helped the famous artisans of Florence survive the devastation of the city. A forgotten story of desperation, creativity and recovery, the film features unreleased, amazing 16 mm color footage, and exclusive memories of the flood by families such as Bargellini, Ferragamo, Pucci, Tayar, and by gifted artisans who survive today thanks to men like Beppe Fantacci.
Arkhaios 2020 Selected Registered Films Synopsis
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