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
Josh Fox James Spione Myron Dewey

Countries of production
United States

Year of production

89 minutes

28 March
Cinema 1, Watershed 1:15 PM
RAI/Basil Wright

The native-led resistance to the construction of a pipeline across the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, captured the world’s attention. Awake tells the story of the defiant Water Protectors, moving from summer 2016, when demonstrations over the demolition of sacred Native burial grounds began, to the current and disheartening pipeline status. Awake is a landmark collaboration between Oscar-nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione and indigenous filmmakers - director Myron Dewey, producer Doug Good Feather, and writer Floris White Bull, who also narrates the film. A powerful visual poem that goes beyond the headlines into the heart of this game-changing protest, in the words of those who led it.

Unfortunately, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather will no longer be able to attend this screening as previously announced.

Location(s) depicted
Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota/South Dakota, Missouri River

Language(s) of film subjects

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