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
Kyle Myers-Haugh

Countries of production
United States

Year of production

Black and white, colour or both

11 minutes

28 March
Cinema 2, Watershed 11:15 AM

In this portrait of a historic black barbershop in Wilmington, North Carolina, we witness the everyday rituals that bind the men in this community together. Tight close ups illuminate intimate physical interactions in this space, and the craftsmanship of the barber; an evocative soundtrack mingles the buzz of shears with the gentle chatter between customers and those who tenderly shave, wash and groom them. Walker’s, the eponymous barbershop, emerges as a key social institution, at heart of a community.

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Language(s) of film subjects