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


Directed by
María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez

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Black and white, colour or both

70 minutes

29 March
Cinema 3, Watershed 9:15 AM
Intangible Culture

A portrait of life in rural Colombia, towards its Carribean coast, told through the words and songs of the resilient Afro-colombian singers that farm there. Through intimate interviews and the evocative chants of the bullerengeue (cumbia-based style traditionally sung exclusively by women), we learn of their everyday experiences of hardship and survival. They speak movingly of memories of violence at the hands of paramilitaries, and the power of song to build intergenerational strength and give voice to dignity and creativity. Weaving songs, interviews, and archive footage, Cantadoras is a musical journey through ancestral resistance to violence, from working in white-owned mines, civil war in which violence rest heavily on rural communities, and the challenges of today’s situation.

María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez will attend this screening and take part in a Q&A.

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