2011 PROGRAMME

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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FILM PRIZES AND AWARDS

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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FORMER RAI FESTIVALS

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

Controlling the Fire: The Value of the Bead, Beauty and Personhood in Contemporary Ghana #281

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09:00, Saturday 25th June, Roberts G06
 
 
 
 
 
Director / Anthropologist: Harlan Wallach / Kearsley Stewart
Year of Release: 2009
Duration: 29 mins
Country of Production: USA
Location: Ghana (Krobo)
Language: English (English sub)
 
 
 
 
 
Ghanahas one of the liveliest traditions of bead making and bead wearing anywhere in Africa today.  In Ghana, beads embody multiple natures: they have measurable monetary and symbolic value, produce aesthetic and sensual pleasure, and facilitate important cultural events.  Everyone in Ghana wears beads; they are at once ubiquitous and highly personal.  But some beads, and some events, are distinctive.  Filmed during Dipo, the female initiation ceremony of the Krobo people of southern Ghana, beadmakers, scholars, traders, and young female initiates discuss the value, meaning, historical significance, and future of glass beads and glass beadmaking in Ghana.