Free film of the month

JULY 2020

Queer Eyes

The Royal Anthropological Institute and the RAI Film Festival teamed up with Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest throughout July 2020 in celebration of Pride. Read more about the QUEER EYES film programme and Q&As here.

JUNE 2020

RAI Documentary Shorts Collection

This collection of documentary and ethnographic shorts brings together the best contemporary short-form filmmaking from the Royal Anthropological Institute’s film catalogue and makes it available as a series to audiences across the globe. Working across a range of topics and styles, the featured filmmakers explore aspects of contemporary life with insight and flair. All films were selected for the RAI Film Festival and are suitable for teaching anthropology and related subjects.

  1. WÁSI
    Sebastián Ruíz & Amado Vilafaña Chaparro
    Colombia / 2017 / 16 min
    On the backdrop of a quiet village in northern Colombia, Arhuaco filmmaker Amado Vilafaña Chaparro reflects on the nature of sight and indigenous self-representation.
    Jón Bjarki Magnússon
    Iceland / 2018 / 17 minutes
    Whilst computer game aficionados are often depicted as isolated, Eve Online is deeply social: it is a “massive multiplayer game” that brings thousands of people together.
    Ravi Hart Lloyd
    UK / 2016 / 33 minutes
    This is the personal story of a boy who grew up mixed in every aspect of his life: his parents, where he was from, his race. The film articulates the mixed race experience in the US: it explores themes of identity, displacement, educational inequalities and police harassment through family photo albums and interviews with close family members.
  4. TYRES
    Kyaw Myo Lwin
    Myanmar / 2013 / 30min
    A recycling workshop in Yangon is a place where discarded tyres are transformed from their original shape and use, and are re-purposed to new uses. Filmed almost entirely in black-and-white, this observational documentary gently explores a community of tyre cutters and recyclers.
    Teri F. Brewer
    UK, USA / 2015 / 25 minutes
    Human remains from the California Channel Islands were donated to an English city museum nearly a century ago. More recently research began into how they came to be there, and whose remains they are.
    Adriana Ferrarese
    Italy, France / 2016 / 23 minutes
    Like every year, Corigliano Calabro, a small village in the south of Italy, celebrates Easter: from the investiture of a man to embody Jesus during a night procession, to the passionate debates for carrying a statue, “Processes” documents the faith of a village and looks into the boundary between the sacred and the profane.

To access the RAI Shorts Collection click here. Please note that places are limited. The films will be available for free to those who register at the link above until 30 June 2020. Thereafter it will be possible to subscribe to the collection and to rent the individual films for a fee.

MAY 2020

Tara’s Footprint skilfully conjures the atmosphere of Khechuperi, a village in the Himalayas in north eastern India. Eschewing standard exposition the film follows four young siblings as they go about their daily life. Music and dance take centre stage: the young protagonists attend wedding celebrations, they train for talent shows, and spend afternoons dancing with friends, while music plays through mobile phones and crackling speakers. The alternation of Buddhist chants, Bollywood tunes and heavy metal creates a rich sonic texture, whilst the young people chat about the role of women, the importance of the tourism industry, politics and religion. A beautifully shot film that asks us to slow right down and give in to its gentle pace.

The film can be viewed here
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APRIL 2020

Q2P (pronounced q-u-e-u-e to p-e-e) is a film about toilets and the city. It’s the mid-2000s, Mumbai dreams of being the future Shanghai and film director Paromita Vohra searches for public toilets, asking: who has to queue to pee? As the film observes who has access to toilets and who doesn’t, we hear the silence that surrounds toilets and sense how similar it is to the silence that surrounds inequality. The toilet becomes a riddle with many answers and some of those answers are questions – about gender, about class, about caste, about history and colonialism, and most of all about space, urban development and the twisted myth of the global metropolis.
Directed by Paromita Vohra (India, 2006, 55′)

The film can be viewed here
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The teaching resource can be viewed and downloaded here:
Q2P -RAI-Learning-Resource

Alexander Street Press’ Ethnographic Video Online, Royal Anthropological Institute Teaching Edition is a curriculum-aligned collection of videos and segments curated to support the teaching of introductory anthropology courses. Each video and segment within this collection is accompanied by a teaching guide providing background information, lesson plans, and classroom exercises and activities. There are a variety of teaching themes, including family and kinship, gender, identity, belief, archaeology, and primate behavior. All teaching materials within this collection have been produced in partnership with the Education Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

A free trial of the teaching edition can be requested here. In addition to the free trial, we are also making one film and the related teaching resource available for free for the month of April.