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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16:00 hrs, Saturday 25th June, Roberts G06
Director / Anthropologist: José Padilha
Year of Release: 2010
Duration: 98 mins
Country of Production: UK, US, Brazil
Location: Brazil (Yanomans)
Language: Yanomano, Brazilian, English (English sub)
Production: Stampede, Zazen Production, HBO Documentary Films, BBC
In the U.S., in the wake of what became known as the “Fierce Controversy,” a kind of war broke out among anthropologists bitterly divided into pro- and anti-Chagnon camps. The film lays out the events, the egos and the arguments and explores the legacy of the anthropologists as told by the Yanomamo themselves. The film weaves interviews with the main protagonists, including Patrick Tierney, Napoleon Chagnon, and Kenneth Good with archive footage from Chagnon’s expeditions to the Amazon, including never-before-seen outtakes secured from the Smithsonian collection. In addition to providing a character study of Chagnon, the documentary examines the divisions between the different factions of anthropology, explores the ethics of fieldwork, and questions whether anthropology can exist as a science.