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September 2017

Spiritual healing for emotional and mental health problems: screening of film ‘Kusum’ & discussion

September 26, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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From the RAI Film Collection. Prof. Simon Dein and Dr Erminia Colucci will introduce the film-documentary Kusum, about a 14-year old Indian girl who embarks in a journey with her aunt to a healer who uses conversation, rituals and herbal remedies to treat her spiritual illness. After the screening, Dein and Colucci will lead a discussion with the audience.

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October 2017

The Block: film screening with director Maria Șalaru

October 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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From neighbourly disputes over garlic-heavy cooking to memories of Ceaușescu’s heatless winters, "The Block" explores the rich social and material universe of a Romanian apartment building. Maria Șalaru will speak about the film, which she produced as part of her PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

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Carnival, King of Europe: DVD launch & presentation

October 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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Giovanni Kezich of the Ethnographic Museum of San Michele all'Adige (Italy) will join us to speak about the project Carnival King of Europe, which aims to bring into light the important similarities that can be observed among specific aspects of Carnivals and winter fertility rituals across different areas of Europe. A selection of films from the collection will be screened.

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November 2017

Travel: film screening with director Nick Mai

November 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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Joy left Nigeria to help her family after her father’s death. She knew that she was going to sell sex in France, but she was unaware of the degree of exploitation that she would face. With the help of an association she obtains asylum, but to help her family and live her life, she continues selling sex. This documentary ethnofiction was co-written by Nicola Mai and 8 Nigerian women with experiences of migration, sex work and trafficking. Nick will be present to speak about the film and his work.

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How do you see me? Screening and discussion with filmmaker Nariman Massoumi

November 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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How do you see me? is a quietly observed documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s mother, Manijeh, an Iranian immigrant who has lived in Britain since the 1980s. Nariman Massoumi will present his research and screen the film.

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