David Pearson

David Pearson has over twenty years experience of award winning television production (BAFTA, RTS, Prix Italia): as a film editor, director, producer, executive producer and commissioning editor at BBC, ITV and C4. David has developed the International Screenwriters’ Festival and was its Festival Director from 2006-2009. He has lectured in many film schools and other agencies including the Swedish Film Institute.
Oscar Shortlisted, BAFTA Nominated and winner of British Indepenent Film Award for feature film Mugabe and The White African.

John Paul Davidson

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

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.

13th RAI Film Festival 2013 NMS and University of Edinburgh

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 EdinburghAberdeen 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


11th RAI Film Festival 2009 CTCC, Leeds Metropolitan University

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.


10th RAI Film Festival 2007 GCVA, University of Manchester

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.

9th RAI Film Festival 2005 University of Oxford

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.