Secret Cinema: The Silent Enemy

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Secret Cinema: The Silent Enemy

October 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Wednesday, October 19 | 7 PM
(Museum open at 6 PM)
Admission: FREE

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the Secret Cinema will return to the American Philosophical Society to present The Silent Enemy. An independently made, mostly silent film (with spoken introduction and musical soundtrack), its producers attempted to document the original lifestyle of the Ojibway tribe of Native Americans, in the Canadian Far North–and their perpetual fight against the silent enemy of hunger. The result is a fascinating, exciting and beautiful film, which critic Leonard Maltin called a “remarkable blend of documentary footage and a fictional story…(the) climactic caribou run is one of the most astonishing sights you’ll ever witness.”

The Silent Enemy has been most often seen (when seen at all) in an edited version, made for the educational market. Our screening will be a rare showing of the film’s original version, as rescued by film preservationist David Shepard.

The screening celebrates the exhibition, Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America, which will be on display at the APS Museum through December 30.

This Secret Cinema event will feature a chance to explore the exhibition, free refreshments and snacks, and the screening of a rarely shown documentary (as always with Secret Cinema, using real film projected on a giant screen). Best of all, admission is free.

On the screening day, the museum doors will open at 6:00 pm, allowing time to explore the exhibition. The film screening starts at 7:00 pm. Seating is limited. More information about the screening here.


October 19, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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American Philosophical Society Museum
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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