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
Daniel Oliveras de Ita

Countries of production

Year of production

75 minutes

30 March
Cinema 2, Watershed 1:30 PM
Material Culture

“Pasajuego” is the name of the court where Oaxacans play the ancient indigenous ball game of Pelota Mixteca. Today more than two million people from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca live in the USA, where their ballgame is beginning to take root. In this beautifully shot film, the practice of Pelota Mixteca acts as a window to look through the lives of the Oaxacan people as they migrate away from their home. The shifting contexts in which the game is played illuminate the diverse experiences of migration, and the ability of Oaxacan people to recreate their communities and culture wherever they settle.

Location(s) depicted
Mexico United States

Language(s) of film subjects

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