176 Out of our Hands

Out of our Hands (176)

11:30, Saturday 04th July, Theatre A


  • Director: Ian McDonald (IND)
  • Year: 2009
  • Run time: 9'
  • Format: mini DV, PAL

Out of Our Hands is a short film about four youths playing chess in Chennai, South India.  But this is no ordinary chess game and these are no ordinary chess players; these are blind and visually impaired players. As the youths make their next move, their hands and fingers glide over the board. They 'see' the pieces through their fingertips. The sound of the chess pieces being moved around the board, of crows in the surrounding trees, and of players casually chatting with each other, are intertwined with the voices of the players talking about their love of chess.

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Sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival was held from Wednesday July 1st to Saturday July 4th 2009, and included over 50 hours of screenings of new films, a major international conference, and a targeted selection of events focusing on anthropological ethics in filmmaking, youth participatory film, and archiving ethnographic film.

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