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


Directed by
Jackie Kauli

Countries of production
Papua New Guinea

Year of production

Black and white, colour or both

17 minutes

30 March
Waterside 3, Watershed 11:00 AM

Glossy advertisements for telecommunications company Digicel abound in Goroka, a town in Papua New Guinea’s eastern highlands. This film takes a close look at the footsoldiers of this multinational giant: the men who sell phone credit and and fix devices from their Digicel-branded stalls that line the town’s streets. We learn of the daily routines, histories and aspirations of Luke, Joseph, and Michael, resourceful and ambitious men who take advantage of every opportunity the emerging telecommunications market has given them. A valuable glimpse at life on the ground floor of neoliberal global enterprise.

The documentary Mobail Goroka tells the story of Luke Natapol, Joseph Kaupa and Michael Agwa who all earn money by operating street stalls that provide mobile phone services. Highlighting their daily routines, the documentary shows how people respond to the logistical challenges and economic opportunities presented by new communication technologies.

Location(s) depicted
Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province

Language(s) of film subjects
Tok Pisin

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