The Marble Village # 279

The Marble Village

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

rai 279 the-marble-village

  • Director/Anthropologist: Ioana Dorobantu
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 21 mins
  • Country of Production: UK/ Romania
  • Location: Romania
  • Ethnic Group: Romanians
  • Language: Romanian (English)


There are places where – reportedly – nothing happens. People left and never came back, others died, and a few remained. Nothing new under the sun: this is the story of industrialisation and urbanisation. But what is left behind? Or we should better ask: who?

From a forgotten village, somewhere in Romania, four people tell us the story of the marble village.The story describes one of the many cases representing the phenomenon of urbanisation and the film captures untainted moments of a specific way of life in the rural Romania.

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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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