Kate Pourshariati


I am a film archivist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, (Penn Museum) where I work with a range of culturally and historically significant motion picture films, dating from 1913 to the 1990s. I have been involved with restoration of the first documentary sound film "Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness" (1931) and the seminal series "Navajo Film Themselves" (AKA Through Navajo Eyes) (1966). In addition to the cataloging, restoration and digitization of films, I am working with source communities to share back the Museum's historic film materials for re-interpretation and revision. Most recently I have been curating cultural documentaries at the Museum, including a new occasional series called Live From the Archives!, which consists of films made using Museum archival footage. Screenings are generally free, please come by.