Free film of the month

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.