The 15th RAI Film Festival will consist of an extraordinarily wide range of films and related events. During the day, there will be three simultaneous strands, featuring 36 films shortlisted for the various prizes, as well as additional special screenings, workshops and master classes. In the evenings, there will be a series of gala events.

The daytime films will cover a wide range of topics, including Indian travelling cinema, Egyptian marriage, Faroese whaling, the effects of global warming, the restitution of an indigenous person’s bones to Argentina, Chinese ‘comfort women’, Japanese nuclear holocaust, lesbian families, Ghanaian clothing, Maori architecture, Sardinian flutes, living with Boko Haram and Mediterranean migration experiences.

Workshop topics include interactive documentary, archives, European carnivals, ethnofiction, art film and ethnography, climate change, film and nationhood, the trauma of partition after Indian independence, visual anthropology in Latin America and in China.

Master classes will be given by John Baily on his long career working on Afghan music, while David and Judith MacDougall will celebrate the digital release of their classic films on the Turkana pastoralists of Kenya.

The evening gala events will consist of the screening of The Eagle Huntress, recipient of the 2017 RAI President’s Award, an Open Conversation with Hugh Brody, recipient of the 2017 Life Achievement Award, and a celebration of the centenary of Jean Rouch.

The full programme will be available in mid-January.


War, Exile and the Music of Afghanistan - MASTERCLASS WITH JOHN BAILY In this masterclass, John Baily will describe his experiences as both filmmaker and ethnomusicologist over forty years, starting with a rare screening of Beyond the Blues: A… ... read more
Approaches to Observational Film: from Turkana Conversations to the present day - MASTERCLASS WITH DAVID AND JUDITH MACDOUGALL In celebration of the release of their Turkana Conversations in digital form, David and Judith MacDougall will screen a film from this classic trilogy and… ... read more