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
Andre Bahule Karen Boswall

Countries of production

Year of production

Black and white, colour or both

26 minutes

28 March
Cinema 3, Watershed 3:30 PM

“We work the land and we dance. That’s what we know how to do” explains Maria in this portrait of the lives of three generations of women in southern Mozambique. The dance they dance is the Xingomana: originally a dance of seduction, it grew into one of affirmation of women’s strength during the nation’s fight for independence in the 60s and 70s. Yet despite having won many rights, we find the younger generation of women toiling hard to survive, whilst their husbands work across the border in South Africa (with, they suppose, other wives and children). Through stories, song and dance, this film tells these women’s stories, whilst celebrating their strength and determination - or, as it is called here, their “Nhenha”.

Location(s) depicted
Gaza, Mozambique

Language(s) of film subjects