Anthropologists at Work

What do anthropologists or ethnographic filmmakers do? How do they communicate and bond with peoples who they are working with? Films that give insight into current issues and topics around ethnographic film.

Where is Billet? - This film takes an auto-ethnographic perspective on a longstanding fantasy formation of South Asian culture: billet.

Delhi at Eleven - An experimental youth project from David MacDougall which gives four young filmmakers the chance to show us their special perspective on Indian family and working life.

Shooting Freetown - Follows three people forging their way in film and music in the capital of Sierra Leone.

In the Wilderness of a Troubled Genre - An illustrated conversation about the genre of ethnographic film and its unique position within the world of documentary film.

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Organised 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 will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

UDDA NMS SSGS ED Unversity of Aberdeen StAndrews WILEY