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

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Return to the Amazon (Trópico da Saudade, Claude Lévi-Strauss e a Amazônia) #87

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14:00 hrs, Sunday 26th June, Darwin LT
Director / Anthropologist: Marcelo Fortaleza Flores
Year of Release: 2009
Duration: 71 mins
Country of Production: Brazil, France
Location: Amazonia, France (Nambikwara)
Language: Nambikwara, French, Portuguese (English sub)
Production: 13 Production (France), Indiana Prod. Cinematográficas (Brazil)
This film traces the ways memory shapes history into myth. When Claude Lévi-Strauss met the Nambikwara in 1938, he believed he had encountered a people who embodied an essential form of humanity. The encounter gave rise to the most poetic passages of Tristes Tropiques (narrated by Jean-Claude Carrière). Seventy years after Lévi-Strauss’s visit, Fortaleza Flores’ film weaves past and present together by revisiting the images Lévi-Strauss might have seen, and it reveals that the Nambikwara have also transformed Lévi-Strauss into a myth.