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January 2018

Observation and Participation: Rossella Schillaci presents her films Sea Boundary and Ghetto PSA

30th January 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY SERIES Rossella Schillaci, a prolific documentary filmmaker and anthropologist trained at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, will present two of her films (Sea Boundary and Ghetto PSA) and speak about the different filmic approaches that she uses in her work. Many of her films (Other Europe, Sea Boundary, Imprisoned Lullaby) employ a restrained and elegant observational style to explore themes of migration and search for identity. With Ghetto PSA however she embraced a participative approach that led…

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February 2018

The Desert Prince – screening and discussion with Howard Reid and Jeremy Keenan

6th February 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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THE WORLD OF GEO SERIES The Desert Prince Director: Howard Reid, 1994.  1995 Best Documentary Golden Gate Award. San Francisco International Film Festival. UK PREMIERE With Director Howard Reid,  Series Producer André Singer and Social Anthropologist Jeremy Keenan.  The film is a portrait of the renowned Tuareg leader Mano Dayak and his people, both traditional nomads and armed insurgent militia who, at the time of filming,had rebelled against the Nigerien government. A series of severe droughts had forced many Tuareg to abandon their traditional grazing…

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When multilingualism is your mother tongue: the documentary Kanraxël and associated teaching resources

20th February 2018, 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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On the eve of world mother tongue day, we would like to take you on a journey to Agnack, at tiny village in the south of the West African country of Senegal. Places like Agnack defy the widespread Western conception of multilingualism as a modern phenomenon widespread in urban areas and associated with growing mobility and migration in an era of recent globalisation. Multilingualism in Agnack, as in many rural areas worldwide, is age-old, as is globalisation, which started there…

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Journeys through Colour: experimentation, realism and artifice in non-fiction travel film

27th February 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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A study of colour in film – its multifarious technologies and practices - offers a way to question a teleological film history of innovations, in which each technology is read retrospectively as a response to the technical limit of its predecessors.

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March 2018

What can anthropologists learn from documentary film-art practices ‘made in India’?

20th March 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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This book maps a hundred years of documentary film practices in India. It demonstrates that in order to study the development of a film practice, it is necessary to go beyond the classic analysis of films and filmmakers and focus on the discourses created around and about the practice in question.

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January 2019

Journey to the Maggot Feeder (RAI Film Festival Ambassador screening)

January 15, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room G.05, 50 George Square, Edinburgh
Free

SoMA Edinburgh is proud to present a free film screening of Journey to the Maggot Feeder (2015). This film tries to solve the mystery of a bizarre Arctic fairy tale. Priit Tender, an Estonian animator, makes a film about an old Chukchi legend – The Maggot Feeder. The unconventional narrative is misunderstood by western audiences and Priit takes off on a journey to Chukotka in the north-eastern corner of Siberia, where he unearths deeper layers of the tale and local culture.…

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Fighting for Nothing to Happen & Treasured Moments (RAI Film Festival Ambassador screening)

January 25, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University of Kent
Free

Fighting for Nothing to Happen After the volcanic eruption of Mount Rokatenda, the people of the island of Pulau Palue in east Indonesia are to be relocated. But are the planned relocation and the "new" life at the neighbouring Pulau Besar really promising? This film accompanies Father Cyrillus, priest and employee of a Christian NGO, in his efforts to promote and drive forward the relocation project. A worried host community, unclear land rights at the relocation site, a corrupt and…

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WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? (RAI Film Festival Ambassador Screening)

January 31, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Out of the Brew, 306 New Cross Road
London, SE14 6AF United Kingdom
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WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? is a portrait of three members of a community of artists with different disabilities. Rather than making a film about inclusion, the film itself was produced inclusively. In an open collaborative journey through the pictorial worlds of the three artists, a focus was set on their aesthetic obsessions and perspectives through their own videography. As a result of the collaborative approach, the film is an eclectic mix of materials and techniques, interview situations interwoven with…

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February 2019

Socotra, the Island of Djinns (RAI Film Festival Ambassador screening)

February 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brunel University, London
Free

The film is the story of a journey across the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Yemen. Socotra is isolated during the monsoon season, when it is impossible to land on it. This isolation has preserved a unique environment. Frankincense and myrrh trees grow freely. Ahmed Afrar, his companions and three cameleers with their animals trek to the mountains before the rainy season. During the trip, the Socotrians tell stories by the fire. During the…

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March 2019

Mr W. et al: a community event on art & disability (Film Festival Ambassador Screening)

March 9, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Unit 15, 10 Stour Road, London, E32NT, 10 Stour Road
London, E3 2NT
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Unit 15 and the RAI FILM FESTIVAL anthropology / ethnography / archaeology will come together  to bring you a celebratory event about art and disability. The programme will include a work-in-progress exhibition, a panel discussion, a screening of WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? and a participatory workshop that explores what it means to perceive and communicate differently. WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? is a cinematic portrait of three artists with different disabilities. Rather than making a film about inclusion, the…

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