Material Culture and Archaeology

Tjanpi Nyawa! Look at the Grass! - This film captures the multi-sensory experiences of Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Australian Aboriginal fibre artists who work mainly with grass, wool and raffia.

Wollemi: A Land Inscribed With a Story - A spiritual exploration into some of the art and Aboriginal culture in Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia.

Tying Our Worlds Together: Gathering Dogbane - Sharing the traditional knowledge of the Paiute community who have many uses for the dogbane plant.

Praying Wheels of Leh - An observational study of daily relationship between religious objects and space in the streets of Leh (Northern India).

Irish Folk Furniture - An animated documentary about furniture repair and recycling in rural Ireland.

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

Silvestre Pantaleón - Traditional skills and disappearing rituals in the Nahuatl speaking village in Guerrero.

Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues  - A poignant and humorous glimpse into how Romanians are currently looking back at their communist past.

Brilliant Soil - The Purépechas people continue to use lead in their pottery process despite the knowledge that lead is a highly toxic ingredient.

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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