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
Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier Eleonora Diamanti

Countries of production
Cuba Canada

Year of production

17 minutes

30 March
Waterside 3, Watershed 11:00 AM

A survey of the happenings in Guantánamo, Cuba during nighttime. We see neighbourhood watchmen on lonely streets, bustling crowds of revellers in illuminated squares, families as they relax at home by the glow of their phone and television screens, and workers as they toil through the night. Whilst there is no dialogue in the film, captures the rich nighttime soundscapes. With a keen eye and acute ear, Guardians of the Night contributes to the growing body of sensory ethnography, illuminating our grasp of the feeling of a Cuban city at night.

Location(s) depicted
Guantánamo, Cuba

Language(s) of film subjects
No dialogue

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