Vultures of Tibet # 179

Vultures of Tibet

14:00, Thursday 13th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Russel O.Bush, Craig Campbell
  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Country of Production: USA, Canada, China, Tibet, India
  • Location: Tibet
  • Ethnic Group: Amdo Tibetans, Han Chinese
  • Language: Tibetan, Mandarin (English)

Sky Burial, a private ritual where the bodies of Tibetan dead are offered to wild griffon vultures, becomes a tourist attraction as Chinese modernization in Tibet invigorates an ideological conflict often hidden to the outside world. Vultures of Tibet focuses an observational lens on this rare anecdote of Chinese modernization in Tibet.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

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