Reflection # 193

Reflection (Reflexo)

11:15, Sunday 16th June, CMB 1&2

rai 193 reflection

  • Director/Anthropologist: Roderick Steel
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 46 mins
  • Country of Production: Brazil
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Language: Portuguese


10 years in the making – and presenting the first footage of Egungun in over 25 years – REFLECTION explores the hardships of initiating children into a death cult that brings ancestors back to life through dance and ritual in São Paulo, Brazil. In the eyes of Zú - a high priest and upholsterer - we witness a series of trials designed to reveal future generations of priests in a community that battles to safeguard a strict code of rules and ethics in the 21st century.

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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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