The Anthropologist


The Anthropologist (2016)



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THE ANTHROPOLOGIST examines climate change like no other film before. The fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.

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Critic Reviews for The Anthropologist

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

[An] utterly winning documentary.

Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…

At this point no documentarian can possibly have a fresh take on climate change, right? Wrong.

Nov 10, 2016 | Full Review…

The film is saved by its illuminating - if heartbreaking - examination of isolated locales rarely seen on film.

Nov 9, 2016 | Full Review…

A highly human look at a single mother field scientist and her teenage daughter as they globetrot to study the effects of climate change.

Nov 15, 2016 | Full Review…

One of the most easily accessible, engaging and inspiring docs about climate change for everyone, young and old.

Nov 14, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It may not be handled with the rigor that climate change activists would like to see, but it's an entertaining way of putting a human face on a problem while still providing enough important facts to promote thought.

Oct 11, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Anthropologist

I saw this at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It was made over five years, which gives it an expansive global scale, but also an intimate human focus. The audience is treated to archival footage of Margaret Mead and interview footage of her daughter Mary Bateson, who followed in her mother's footsteps, to explain what an anthropologist is. Then we witness the more personal story of Susie and Katie, another mother/daughter pair. Susie is happy in her career studying other cultures and specifically researching the effect climate change is having on various cultures. During summer breaks from school Katie travels with her mom, seeing the world and observing this career path. Katie is your average American teenager who doesn't want to live the same life as her mother, but does have a natural skill for languages, and over the years develops more respect for the importance of her mother's work. While viewing exotic locations and customs, something not many people get to do, we witness a mother and daughter face universal interpersonal struggles, something everyone can recognize. From the tropics to the tundra, and from the enclosed cocoon of a car to the wide open truly border-less world, this is an intriguing documentary about the crucial problem of climate change.

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