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
Laurent Van Lancker

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76 minutes

30 March
Cinema 3, Watershed 11:30 AM
Special Interest

This year's RAI Film Festival Masterclass will be delivered by award-winning filmmaker Laurent Van Lancker. To accompany this special event, we screen not only his new feature Kalès, but also this earlier, rather extraordinary, feature.

Surya revolves around ten storytellers from different cultures. They create an imaginary epic story, each drawing on their own style and own language. The aromas of cultures, the taste of words and the perfume of travelling carry us from one storyteller to the next. It emerges from an overland odyssey by public transport through Europe and Asia (Belgium, Slovakia, Turkey, Syria, Kurdistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Vietnam). Here, imagination and creativity travel across borders, and filmic tones and forms oscillate between imagination and reality, the inner world and the outside world, documentary and fiction.

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