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
Natalie Cubides-Brady

Countries of production
United Kingdom

Year of production

28 minutes

30 March
Cinema 2, Watershed 11:20 AM
Material Culture

An affecting portrait of a small town on the Magdalena River in Colombia during Day of the Dead, exploring the spiritual impact of the forced disappearances that became endemic during the nation’s civil conflict. The film journeys into a world where government forensic investigators attempt to locate and exhume bodies from remote mountainside graves, where women remember and try to understand the loss of their relatives, and where rivers swell with the bodies of unidentified corpses. A powerful exploration of memory and loss in a community seeking to recover from decades of systemic violence.

Director Natalie Cubides-Brady will attend this screening and take part in a Q&A.

This film screens in a double bill with Our Freedom.

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