Central and South America

Spread across four days of the festival is a selection of films which look in to the diverse culture of Central and South American Communities.

The films which will be screened cover a variety of subjects which affect Central and South American communities today, including; women’s rights campaigns, religious persecution, indigenous and urban culture, traditional festivals, historical views of slavery and modern day racism.


Yanomami: From Machetes to Mobile Phones - The filmmakers return after ten years to document how Yanomami customs and traditions becomes difficult to reconcile with their attraction to the modern world.


Savouring Brazilian Fruits - Inhabitants from the city of Salvador show how to enjoy to the full their favourite fruits from the local markets.

Reflection- A death cult that are battling to safeguard a strict code of rules and ethics in the 21st century.

Grammar of Happiness - Insight into the language of the Amazonian Pirahã tribe.


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

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


Gods and Kings - A festival that confronts a strange history linking Guatemala with the US, magic with pop culture, and religion.


The Barstard Sings the Sweetest Song - A Guyanese family struggle to fight the family demons of violence and alcoholism, bringing them into conflict with each other.

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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.

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The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

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