Prize Winners 2013

The Royal Anthropological Intitute is pleased to anounce  that the following Film Prizes have been awarded by our jury:

Royal Anthropological Institute Film Prize

The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, Christy Garland, Canada, Denmark 2012, 71 mins


Soldier on the Roof, Esther Hertog, The Netherlands, Israel 2012, 79 mins


Basil Wright Film Prize

The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn & Anonymous, Denmark, Norway, UK 2012, 159 mins (director’s cut)

Like Here, Like There, Anjali Monteiro, KP Jayasankar, India 2011. 52 mins


Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize

Playing With Nan, Dipesh Kharel and Asami Saito. Nepal, Japan 2012, 88 mins *)


Vultures of Tibet, Russel O.Bush and Craig Campbell. USA, Canada 2013, 20 mins

Djenaba: The Lifeworld of a Minyanka Woman of Southern Mali, Bata Diallo, Norway 2011, 59 mins (Visual Cultural Studies, University of Tromsø)


Material Culture and Archaeology Film Prize

Brilliant Soil, Jose Luis Figueros Lewis, Sebastian Diaz Aguirre, Ana Paola Rodriguez. Mexico 2012, 93 mins

Rockerill: Rekindling the Fire, Yves Mora, Belgium 2011, 53 mins.


Irish Folk Furniture, Tony Donoghue, 2012, Ireland, 8 mins

Anchestral Delicatessen, Gabriel Folgado, Spain 2012, 15 mins


Intangible Culture Film Prize (Music – Dance – Performance)

Gods and Kings, Robin Blotnick, Jubilee Films, USA 2012, 87 mins


Stori Tumbuna: Ancestor's Tales, Paul Wolffram, New Zealand 2011, 89 mins


Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography

The Price of Death, Rebekah Lee, South Africa, UK 2012, 29 mins


Dogwoof Audience Film Prize

Algorithms, Ian McDonald, Geetha J, India, UK 2012, 100 mins

Village at the End of the World, Sarah Gavron, UK, Denmark, 2012, 76 mins


*) distributed by the RAI

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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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