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
Laurent van Lanker

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63 minutes

29 March
Cinema 1, Watershed 11:15 AM
RAI/Basil Wright

An intimate and inside perspective of the ‘jungle’ of Calais, evoked through a polyphony of bodies, tales, and atmospheres. So familiar to us from news reports, Van Lancker helps us see the “jungle” anew, providing an immersive, sensory journey through the social life and survival strategies of migrants. Shot on numerous visits during the entire duration of the ‘jungle’s’ existence, and often using a collaborative methodology (images and narrations are partly produced by the migrants), Kalès is film that is both poetic and political; it is a visceral document to the everyday life of migrants, and their capacity for creating new social network and for adaptation.

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