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
Michael Brims

Countries of production
United States Cuba

Year of production

Black and white, colour or both

8 minutes

30 March
Waterside 3, Watershed 9:05 AM

On the streets of Havana, enterprising vendors offer peanuts, ice cream and flowers for sale to passers-by. With booming calls, tinny electronic jingles, and impressive songs, they advertise their wares, and shape the sensory landscape of the city. This simple but effective film captures the vendors’ artistry, and the way their distinctive rhythms and melodies echo through the streets, crafting an evocative sonic portrait of Cuban urban life.

Location(s) depicted
Havana, cuba

Language(s) of film subjects