Around the World in 90 Films

Plan your days! Explore the full film and sessions programme with prize screenings, workshops, special events. Consult the interactive map of film locations in 38 countries.
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The Royal Anthropological Institute is pleased to announce that the following Film Prizes have been awarded at the 12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, London, 23rd - 26th June 2011.

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11th RAI Film Festival, 2009
CTCC, Leeds Metropolitan University

10th RAI Film Festival, 2007
GCVA, The University of Manchester

7th RAI Film Festival, 2000
SOAS, University of London


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Over the course of the festival, 14 films will be screened, all exploring different tribes, communities, traditions and modern changes occurring in African countries. The variety of films ranges from documentaries showing the continuation of ancient traditions in rural regions of Africa, the significance of arts, crafts and music to certain communities, to societies struggling to find and keep their identity in a rapidly changing society, deeply effected by political disruption.
Dance to the Spirits – A documentary about the  most important healing ritualin an the Ewondo village in the Cameroon jungle.
Juarke – Boys Madde Men in Mboum Society – By following a group of five children during their period of initiation, this film shows how circumcision is practiced in the Mboum community.
The Bagyeli Pygmies at the Fringes of the World – “Before, we were poor but we didn’t know it because we lived contentedly in the forest…”
Shooting with Mursi – This unique film tells the story of one of Africa's most isolated tribes – the Mursi – through the eyes of one its members.
Controlling the Fire – Bead makers, scholars, traders, and young female initiates discuss the value, meaning, historical significance, and future of glass bead making in Ghana.
Changes – A documentary exploring the motives that drive immigrants back to their place of origin and the implications of such return.
Ivory Coast:
Return to the Land of Souls – Ancestral believes struggle to survive in the hostile environment of the 21st century, but Akan communities in the southeast Ivory Coast still make contact with their ancestral spirits.
Law and War in Rural Kenya – This film revisits a vigilante movement that arose to combat cattle raiding and gun crime among the Kenyan Kuria ten years after it had brought peace to the area.
Libya (Sahara Desert):
Tenere: Mapping the Desert – A lyrical portrayal of the differing attitudes towards the “cultural landscape” of the Libyan Sahara.
Bitter Roots – The Ends of a Kalahari Myth – The filmmaker returns to the Ju/’hoansi of Nyae Nyae, Nambia, after twenty years and explores the current challenges they are facing.
I Am a White African – Farewell to Jean Rouch – The Dogons, pay tribute to the late French filmmaker Jean Rouch, by arranging a traditional funeral ritual for him in the cliffs.
Kaay FiKaay Fi is a documentary of the sabar dance drumming tradition of the Faye or Sing Sing family in Dakar, Senegal.
South Africa:
ManenbergManenberg is a cinema-varieté documentary about two “Cape Coloureds” struggling to make sense in the ruins of a post-apartheid South African township.
Sifinja – The Iron Bride – a film about creativity and technology in a Sudanese trucking community.