The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Film Festival 2021 is now running online and streaming on demand until Sunday 28 March.
All films are available to watch now, and there are two streamings that include films with Ethiopia interest. Each streaming costs £3.50. Once rented, the films will be available for 10 days. Once you press play, the watch window begins and you have 48 hours to watch the film as many times as you like.
In addition there are a couple of live panel discussions taking place (free).
Shorts09 - Indigenous knowledge - Shorts Collection - 1h 17m - Including:
- The Hands of an Elder | 2020 | 5 min. - Director: Dinah Sam
The importance of Cree culture in an ever-changing world, explored through the practice of snow-shoe making.
- The Last Bonesetter | 2019 | 27 min. - Director: Adam Booher
80-year-old Don Felipe is one of the last “hueseros”, or bonesetters, serving his large Andean hamlet. Medical anthropologist Kathryn Oths returns to see him 25 years after her first fieldwork in the area, and she encourages him to share his traditional knowledge with doctors and others in the community.
- Kassinu (all) | 2020 | 4 min. - Director: Uapukun Mestokosho
Focussing on a man on a hunger strike campaign to send an urgent message about environmental and indigenous issues in Canada, this young woman filmmaker finds pride in her Innu heritage.
- In Aiye’s Garden | 2019 | 41 min. - Director: Eyob Defersha
Enset is a plant and a very important local food source that is uniquely cultivated in Ethiopia. The film focuses on Aye, the filmmaker’s grandmother, in the Gamo Highlands of southern Ethiopia, where women are the main cultivators. She shares her knowledge and shows how it is possible to produce good organic food by using simple farming tools and natural fertilizers.
Global Racialisations Shorts - Global Racialisations - 1h 42m - Including
- The Changing Same | 2018 | 22 min. - Directors: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson
“In the Florida Panhandle lies the town of Marianna, where one resident runs a particular marathon in the hope of lifting the veil of racial terror caused by the town’s buried history. “
- Emails to my Little Sister | 2018 | 35 min. - Director: Solomon Mekonen
An autoethnographic phenomenology of blackness in Berlin via Ethiopia. The film explores the historical and ongoing relationship between the so-called West and Africa. A brother who lives north of the Mediterranean and a sister south of it discover what that relationship entails and how it affects and shapes their lives.
- Cry Out Loud | 2019 | 43 min. - Directors: Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan and Tusbax Crew
This film explores African life in an urban village in Delhi from the perspective of five young men from Somalia who call the village their home. Together Dattatreyan and the group of young men (the Tusbax Crew) collaboratively fashion a narrative that puts the violence directed at African nationals residing in the village into complex perspective. An early version of the film was screened in community centres, art galleries, and universities in the US and India in 2015 and 2016, to facilitate discussions on anti-Black racism and Afro-Asian solidarities in the global south.
The relevant live panel discussions are:
Wednesday 24 March, 14:00-14:55 GMT - Panel 25 - Between academic theory-building and social engagement: Discussing creative workshops and participatory video making
This roundtable reflects how to balance academic theory-building and social engagement by discussing audio-visual projects that have been produced in contexts of participatory video-making. There are six papers, including Youth engagement in research on sexual and reproductive health in North-Ethiopia by Thera Mjaaland.
This paper is about a series of edutainment dramas about youth sexual and reproductive health that were filmed in Endabaguna Secondary School between 2016 and 2018.
Endabaguna is a town in Tigray that lies west of Shire, and is near the Eritrean refugee camps.
The films can all be watched at any time on YouTube:
Choices & Consequences - Part 1
Choices & Consequences - Part 2
Choices & Consequences - Part 3 and 4
and the following documentaries about the making of the films, and discussions with the audience and the actors:
Dialogues about abortion
Friday 26 March, 19:00-19:50 GMT - Panel S09 - Indigenous knowledge: Teaching the next generation
A live discussion with the filmmakers whose films are included in Shorts09 - Indigenous knowledge will take place on Zoom. Eyob Defersha isn't listed as attending, so may not be taking part. Free - just join at the specified time.