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
The pioneering approach of Jubilee School in West Philadelphia seeks to empower its students (mainly black, and from low-income households), via a curriculum which highlights the arts, social justice, and Black History. In an approach reminiscent of Frederick Wiseman’s (though more modest in scope), Legacies surveys this institution from top to bottom. Filming over several months, the filmmaker present in the daily life of the school; footage of everyday classroom interactions and staff meetings mixes with interviews with students, past students, teachers and parents. The result is a fascinating examination of critical pedagogy, and what it takes to enact it on a day to day basis.
Director Clair Maleney will attend this screening and take part in a Q&A.
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