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
Laura Kuen Yury Snigirev

Countries of production

Year of production

52 minutes

30 March
Cinema 2, Watershed 11:20 AM
Material Culture

The inhabitants of the village of Pungino live mostly beyond the reach of the Russian state. Here, in this remote rural location, they create their own sphere of personal freedom. This film explores the possibilities and practices that emerge when money is scarce, time is abundant, and neither help nor control of the state seems present. While people garden, forage, hunt or reconstruct the local church, they address the philosophical question of what it means to have a good life; whilst independent self-sufficiency seems important, so does a connection with the natural environment, and the protective role of community bonds.

Directors Laura Kuen and Yury Snigirev will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A.

Our Freedom screens in a double bill with After the Silence.

Location(s) depicted
Russia (Kirov region)

Language(s) of film subjects
Russian, German