Messengers

Documentary short (2018)
Produced and Written by Christian Hammons
Directed by Eric Coombs Esmail & Christian Hammons
Cinematography by Eric Coombs Esmail

Storyline: In 1979, Prof. Dennis Van Gerven exhumed the bodies of 400 Nubian mummies from the desert in Sudan.  They were itinerant farmers in the 6th and 7th centuries BC, but in the three decades after they were excavated, they would go to work again as "messengers from the poor."  At the end of his career, Van Gerven reflects on his life with the mummies and their afterlife in the United States speaking to the problems of poverty and discrimination.

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