ASA Film Competition

19.30, Wednesday 1st July Theatre B

ASAFilm was launched in 2008 by the Association of Social Anthropologists in complement to the RAI’s longstanding efforts to promote visual anthropology as a means of extending ethnographic representation beyond text. Much of what we study as a discipline contains a strong visual component and film provides the ideal vehicle for conveying rich and complex information. Our intention is to move ethnographic film into the mainstream by encouraging wider distribution in festivals, conferences, library holdings, course curricula and television programming. The first ASAFilm biennial competition was hosted in 2009 and prizes will be awarded at the festival award ceremony on Saturday.

Finalists are:

  • Joanna Lai for In Motion
  • David Picard for Salama Vazaha (Hello Stranger)
  • Edward Owles for Rig Life - Jacqui.

To view these films, and for more information about ASAFilm, visit


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About this Festival

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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