The Land Beneath our Feet: Filmscreening and discussion with Gregg Mitman
Welcome to a film screening and discussion with the film maker, Gregg Mitman, Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
We will first screen his film The Land Beneath our Feet, about the sedimentation of colonial violence and exploitation in Liberia, followed by a commentary by the author, and a conversation with the audience.
This seminar is a collaboration with the AnthroTox reading group at SAI.
The seminar is open to all, including bachelor and master students. However, due to Covid-19 cautionary measures, we have limited capacity in the seminar room, so please get in touch with the organiser, if you want to participate in person, or if you instead would like to receive a streaming link to the film, and a zoom link to the seminar discussion. Sadly, also the customary drinks and snacks will be restricted to a modest number of participants.
The Land Beneath Our Feet
The Land Beneath Our Feet follows a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, who returns from the USA with never-before-seen footage of Liberia’s past. The uncovered footage is embraced as a national treasure. Depicting a 1926 corporate land grab, it is also an explosive reminder of eroding land rights.
In post-conflict Liberia, individuals and communities are pitted against multinational corporations, the government, and each other in life-threatening disputes over land. What can this ghostly footage offer a nation, as it debates radical land reforms that could empower communities to shape a more diverse, stable and sustainable future?