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


Directed by
Arshad Khan

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Year of production

80 minutes

29 March
Cinema 1, Watershed 1:30 PM
RAI/Basil Wright

Arshad always knew he was different. Soon after emigrating from Pakistan to Canada with his family, Arshad realized he was gay. With Abu, Arshad tells his own story self discovery at a cultural crossroads, and explores his complex relationship with his father - a man who was at once extremely modern, but also rigidly traditional and unaccepting of his son’s true self. Merging clips from Bollywood films, animation, and home movies, Abu is an intimately open and dazzling visual memoir about migration, family, and a young man’s search for a new identity that is at once Pakistani, Canadian and queer.

Location(s) depicted
Canada Pakistan

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