Man Vila # 217

Man Vila

09:15, Sunday 16th June, CMB 1&2

rai 217 man-vila

  • Director/Anthropologist: Eric Wittersheim, Cecile Kielar, Eric Wittersheim
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 17mins
  • Country of Production: France
  • Location: Vanuatu
  • Ethnic Group: Melanesian, Man Tanna
  • Language: Bislama (English)

For decades, migrants from the island of Tanna have lived in the outskirts of Port-Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, contributing to the urban economy while holding strongly their cultural and social practices (vernacular language, cult of the ancestors, dances, chiefly authority…). A recent boom in real estate and tourism economies in Vanuatu is threatening their lifestyle and changing their social habits. The film shows the struggle of Chief Roy Iasul to feed his family as a taxi driver, and the rampant threat of expropriation as more and more land is dedicated to tourism and luxury homes for expatriates.

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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.

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