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
Janus Metz Sine Plambech

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90 minutes

28 March
Cinema 1, Watershed 3:40 PM
RAI/Basil Wright

In a small, wind-swept fishing community on the Northern coast of Denmark live 926 Thai-women. 25 years ago there were none. Heartbound is a unique study of this unprecedented network of Thai/Danish marriages. Shot over ten years, it follows four couples and their children, documenting how their lives develop alongside the economic and emotional bonds that tie them together. A fascinating exploration of globalization set on the intimate stage of marriage and family.

Heartbound is the recipient of the Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography 2019. Director Sine Plambech will attend this screening for a discussion chaired by anthropologist Gabriel Dattreyan, who judged the Award this year.

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