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Social Anthropology: Research


2013 RAI Film Festival


The 13th RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) International Festival presents the finest contemporary ethnographic films from all over the world. This is the first time this long-running and prestigious festival will be hosted in Scotland. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see some of the best and most exciting new ethnographic films from all parts of the world, from Edinburgh to Mumbai, and from Canada to Tibet.

During four days of screenings audiences can see films in the categories of RAI & Basil Wright Prize, Material Culture, Intangible Heritage and Student Films.

 A programme of events – entitled New Observations – complements the screenings and features debates, conversations and seminars that explore the relationship between anthropology, art and film. The events explore issues such as how to film spirits, how to use animation to present traditional Indian story-telling, and the dilemmas of using film in gallery contexts.

The 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film is hosted by National Museums Scotland and STAR (Scottish Training in Anthropological Research), which includes the Social Anthropology departments of the University of Aberdeen, University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh.

Thurs 13 June - Sun 16 June


Films will be screened at National Museum of Scotland and University of Edinburgh.

Festival passes

Regular Festival Pass: £90
RAI Fellows and Members Pass: £75
Students/Concessions Pass: £50
Day Pass: £45

Students/Concessions Day Pass: £40

Buy festival pass and day pass

Morning and afternoon passes for films showing at National Museum of Scotland: £10/£8

Buy morning and afternoon passes

Please note

For short films (under 45 minutes),  filmgoers will be admitted only at the start of the film, or at the break. For long features (over 45 minutes), filmgoers will be admitted up to 10 minutes into the film.

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



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