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
A film about a football match in Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazil, in which we see none of the action, or even a single player. We only catch glimpses of the fans as they bake, rather sluggishly, under the punishing sun, rendered in distinctly un-Brazilian black and white. We do, however, get plenty of colour from the vigorous radio commentary, which describes every twist of the on-pitch drama with a combination of passion and mischief. We only fully grasp just how remarkable this commentary is in the final seconds of what is an inventive and highly enjoyable film.
Salgueiro, Pernambuco (Brazil)
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