John Paul Davidson spent two years as a Commonwealth Scholar in Malaysia, after which he made Malay Magic for the BBC’s World About Us. He then spent 15 years specialising in making anthropological films before leaving to make The Grotesque starring Alan Bates, Sting, Lena Headey, and Jim Carter. Drama- documentaries Galahad Of Everest with Brian Blessed, Catherine the Great and Seve-the movie were interspersed with filmed portraits of Gore Vidal, Jean Genet, The Dalai Lama, Hugh Laurie, Brazilian transvestites, Venetian gondoliers, Hmong opium harvesters and Mosuo matriarchs amongst many other. He has made the last four series with Michael Palin travelling across the Sahara, the Himalaya, New Europe and Brazil filming many indigenous peoples. With Stephen Fry he travelled across all of the USA, through Central America, and delved into language in all its manifestations in Planet Word.
Barberine Feinberg has worked at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) since the early 1980s. A graduate in Linguistic Anthropology and in Cinema Studies from Paris V and Paris VII Universities, she has served as a production manager at the CNRS Film Unit for over 20 years. In addition she worked on sound recording and as a programmer for the Paris Festival of Science Films. She started to work with the Comité du Film Ethnographique in 2009. As co-director of the Jean Rouch International Film Festival, she is in charge of the international competition and programmer of other non-competitive programmes as well as the Jean Rouch Festival on tour.
The 14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film was held in Bristol from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 June 2015. It was hosted jointly with The Watershed Cinema in Bristol, The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol and The Center for Visual Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Dornsife College, University of Southern California, LA, California.
The 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film was jointly hosted by National Museums Scotland and STAR, the Consortium of Anthropology Departments of the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St. Andrews.
The festival was held from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th of June 2013 at the National Museum of Scotland and the Chrystal Macmillian building at Edinburgh University, in central Edinburgh
Around the World in 90 Films
The 11th RAI Festival was jointly hosted by the Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change and the Northern School Film, Television and Performing Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University, with The Louis Le Prince Centre for Cinema, Photography and Television at the University of Leeds
The festival was held on Wednesday July 1st – Saturday July 4th, 2009 at the ‘Rose Bowl’ building at Leeds Metropolitan University, in central Leeds
The festival included 4 days of screenings, followed by a major international conference, and a series of workshops and panels focusing on anthropological ethics in filmmaking, salvaging and archiving ethnographic film.
The 10th RAI Festival and the associated Beyond Text? conference duly took place and were a resounding success. Over 500 people registered for at least one day of the six-day event. When participants in the various ancillary public events (the Forman Lecture, the Anthropology on Television Debate, China Day and the Castaways exhibition) are included, total attendance at the Festival is estimated to have been well in excess of 600.
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD
Oxford, UK, September 18th – 21st, 2005
The Royal Anthropological Institute together with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, in association with the Department of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University, held the Ninth RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, in the historic city of Oxford. Both Universities have a strong commitment to Visual Anthropology and ethnographic film-making within their curricula.
MASTERCLASS WITH DAVID AND JUDITH MACDOUGALL
In celebration of the release of their Turkana Conversations in digital form, David and Judith MacDougall will screen a film from this classic trilogy and talk about the development of Observational Cinema over the course of their careers.