During the festival, many films about India will be screened. The films observe life in different areas of India, from Gujarat, to Delhi and covers topics from women’s rights, to religious ceremonies, and agriculture.

Thursday 13th June:

Playing with Nan - The story of a young Nepali man who migrated to work in a Nepali restaurant in northern Japan.

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.

Friday 14th June:

Himself He Cooks - In the Golden Temple in Amritsar hundreds of volunteers prepare 100 000 free meals each day.

Long Live Bharatmata - Bharatmata Cinema is one of the few remaining theatres that plays only Marathi films,an iconic reminder of a colourful working class culture which is now on the decline in Mumbai.

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

Unravel - Follows the Western world’s least wanted clothes, on a journey across Northern India.

Cotton for my Shroud - Life of the cotton-growing community of farmers in India is threatened by commercial and mercenary interest.

Salma - Kim Longinotto obseves the intimate story of a young girl locked up by her family and forced into a marriage who found salvation through Tamil poetry. 

Saturday 15th June:

Indian or not Indian - A French undocumented immigrant in India, married to a Bengali village woman exemplifies questions about integration, identity and cross culture.

Sunday 16th June:

Alapana - Four Views of Movement in Carnatic Music - An embodied perspective on Carnatic music.

Algorithms - Follows a blind chess player turned pioneer who not only aims to situate India on a global stage but also wants all blind children to play chess.

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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