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
Joël Akafou

Countries of production
France Burkina Faso Belgium

Year of production

53 minutes

30 March
Cinema 1, Watershed 1:50 PM
RAI/Basil Wright

“Rolex the Portuguese” has returned to Abidjan with one mission: to make lots of money. He seeks to emulates the hedonistic lifestyle of a new generation of West African music stars. He and his companions engage in activities like “grazing”, i.e. online scams, taking advantage of the monetary largesse of white women in search of love or sex, whose money they then blow in the ‘maquis’ (bars) or nightclubs. This unvarnished immersion in cinéma direct depicts a changing youth of the Ivory Coast - disoriented by years of civil war they now intend “to cash in the colonial debt”.

Location(s) depicted
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Language(s) of film subjects

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