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
Chi-hang Ma

Countries of production
Hong Kong

Year of production

98 minutes

29 March
Cinema 3, Watershed 3:15 PM
Intangible Culture

On the small isle of Tap Mun, Hong Kong, veteran fishermen sing ballads with pitches and tones that alternate and repeat themselves as if they were synchronising with the ocean waves. But as fewer and fewer know the harsh life at sea, these ballads are being forgotten by new generations. This film documents the fisherman’s way of life, and these unique songs - both on the verge of disappearing.

Director Chi-hang Ma and Producer Han Yuk Han Jack will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A.

Location(s) depicted
Hong Kong

Language(s) of film subjects
Cantonese, Tanka Dialect

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