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MEAD FILM FESTIVAL TO SPOTLIGHT GLOBAL CULTURES

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This year's Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival will feature 64 documentaries focusing on the diversity of cultures around the world. Screenings of the festival at the American Museum of Natural History will be followed by a national tour.

Among films having their U.S. premieres are "Harold," the story of an Australian aboriginal opera star, and "The Trials of Telo Rinpoche," about a young man born in Philadelphia who is recognized as a reincarnated Buddhist lama.In "Harlem Diary," nine young men and women with pens and video cameras give their account of a famous African-American community.

The festival is scheduled to run from Oct. 18-23 at the museum. A selection of films will then be shown in venues including:

- Pacific Film Archive, U.C. Berkeley, later in October.

- National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., January 1996.

- Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Conn., February 1996.

- University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, February 1996.

- Webster University, St. Louis, Mo., September 1996.