Welcome to the RAI Film Festival Programme 2019!

Explore the 2019 programme below, either by browsing the separate sections, or looking at the timetable view.

Student showcases films made by the new generation of ethnographic filmmakers, often as part of doctoral projects
RAI/Basil Wright features the films competing for the top prizes at this year’s festival
Material Culture focuses on films with something to say about the way we engage with our material world
Intangible Culture explores worlds of music, dance, performance, and ritual
Special Interest explores a range of fascinating topics, including programmes with a special director or thematic focus
Shorts is new for 2019, and celebrates the best in short-form ethnographic filmmaking as a cauldron of innovation

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Directed by
Martin Bureau

Countries of production
Canada

Year of production
2017

Black and white, colour or both
Colour

Duration
6 minutes

Saturday
30 March
Waterside 3, Watershed 11:00 AM
Shorts

Huge bonfires are lit by Protestants in Northern Ireland on July 12 each year, as part of the celebrations of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne. They are made from wooden pallets, tires, and garbage. To the Protestants, they are symbols of identity affirmation; to the Catholics, they signal arrogance and humiliation. This striking short documents the terrifying scale of these monumental statements, with the somewhat eerie melodies of marching bands lingering beneath the sounds of the infernos.

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