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

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Convened by
Chris Wright (Goldsmiths)

105 minutes

30 March
Waterside 3, Watershed 1:30 PM

This year's RAI Film Festival Masterclass will be delivered by award-winning filmmaker Laurent Van Lancker, in conversation with Chris Wright.

Van Lancker won the Basil Wright Prize at the RAI Film Festival for Ymako in 1998, and his new feature Kalès is in competition at this year's festival. We will also screen his acclaimed 2006 feature Surya.

This masterclass will use a wide range of different examples to explore how cinematic strategies (sensory, narrative, collaborative) and practices (asynchronicity, decontextualisation) can be used to aid anthropological approaches to lived experience.

How can visual anthropologists create shared authorship, and sense of situated experiences? When they play with the fertile areas between art, anthropology and cinema, what implications does it have for knowledge and perception? Van Lancker will explore how cinematic practices can be a form of intercultural dialogue, when we understand that experiences and their evocations as 'in' bodies, minds, and cultures, but also 'within' and 'between' all these at the same time.

Laurent Van Lancker studied both Film and Anthropology, and he holds a PhD in Audiovisual Art. He lectures at film schools (INSAS - Brussels, UMAS - Split) and universities (FU BERLIN, WWU Münster). His early documentary works explored social and religious themes, and they were followed by a series of short works called Experimental Ethnographies. His long-feature documentary film Surya won international awards and had some theatrical releases. He made a few short fiction films and made his first long-feature award winning fiction film Brak in 2016. His last feature-length documentary Kalès has also won some awards and had theatrical release. His films were screened in major film festivals: IDFA, Oberhausen, FID Marseille, DokLeipzig, Festival Nouveau Cinema, Dubai IFF amongst others. Recently, he has also moved into Web and Installation art, having his video installations screened in museums, galleries, art spaces.

Chris Wright is Senior Lecturer at the Anthropology Department, Goldsmiths.