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The Anthropologist

The Anthropologist

At this point no documentarian can possibly have a fresh take on climate change, right? Wrong. “The Anthropologist,” a stealthily insightful film by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, improbably mixes that topic with a mother-daughter story to produce a distinctive study of change and human adaptability.

The film follows Susan Crate, an anthropologist at George Mason University, and her daughter, Katie Yegorov-Crate, as they globe-hop to places where climate change is having a dramatic effect. In Siberia, they see hayfields that are underwater because of the thawing of the permafrost layer. In Kiribati in the South Pacific, they talk to residents grappling with the possibility that their islands will disappear into the sea. (“Right here was the most-populated village on the island,” a man tells Ms. Crate as they stand in water up to the breastbone.)

But this patient film, by the same directors behind a well-regarded 2008 documentary called “The Linguists,” isn’t interested in merely checking in on environments under duress. It was shot over a period of years — Katie, 14 when we first meet her, is entering college by the film’s end — and captures the subtle evolution in the relationship between mother and daughter. The filmmakers enhance the portrait with comments from the cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of Margaret Mead; Mead’s pioneering anthropological work is seen in archival vignettes.

You may spend much of “The Anthropologist” wondering what exactly the filmmakers are getting at, but by the end you realize they have teased out the idea that a defining human attribute is our ability to adjust to change, whether rising seawater or simply the growing up of our own children. It’s an expertly rendered juxtaposition, all the more effective for being unstated.

— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

The Anthropologist

Thu February 23, 2017, 7:30 PM, Muenzinger Auditorium

Russia, 2015, in English, Color, 78 min

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