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
Pegi Vail

Countries of production
United States

Year of production

79 minutes

30 March
Waterside 2, Watershed 3:30 PM
Special Interest

For many the tourist pathway across South America, Africa and Asia known as the “gringo trail” offers life-altering adventures. For host nations, it offers financial security. But this trail also, say critics of tourism, is a scar of massive environmental destruction. Following stories along the trail, this film interrogates the environmental impact of tourism, and explores the complex relationships between tourist and host, at the moment when cultures collide.

Director Pegi Vail will attend this screening and take part in a Q&A.

Location(s) depicted
Mali Bolivia Thailand Bhutan

Language(s) of film subjects