Message posted on 22/02/2023

RAI Film Festival 2023 - live in Bristol, online films & conference

Dear all,

the RAI Film Festival 2023 - showcasing the best in innovative anthropological documentary filmmaking from around the world - is back online and in Bristol (UK) this March with an exciting live programme of films, high-profile filmmaker events, workshops and exhibitions.

Live in Bristol takes place at the Watershed cinema and Arnolfini arts centre from 22 - 25 March, and is the perfect complement to RAI Film Festival 2023's four-week online festival throughout March.

As well as accessing an online programme of over 80 films, full festival pass holders gain entry to all screenings, events and socials in Bristol, as well as to the online academic conference. Passes are available here:

Festival highlights:

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RAI Film Festival is honoured to welcome both this year's Lifetime Achievement Award and President Award recipients, Alanis Obomsawin and Trinh T. Minh-ha, to Bristol to accept their awards.

Obomsawin, one of Canada's most distinguished and prolific filmmakers, is in conversation with professor Faye Ginsburg (NYU), followed by screenings of Bill Reid Remembers with Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, considered a watershed film in First Nation filmmaking.

Trinh T. Minh-ha's CPH:DOX New:Vision award-winning documentary What About China? is followed by the Vietnamese-born filmmaker in conversation with May Ingawanij.

Arandu - Listen to the Weather is a special programme of films and roundtable conversations celebrating 35 years of Indigenous filmmaking from Brazil. The programme highlights the cultural, land preservation and environmental issues raised by Indigenous film from the point of the view of the Indigenous communities.

For the first time, RAI Film Festival includes a section devoted to XR work, Expanded Reality Experience, featuring five multisensory and immersive works by emerging creators.

We also have an eclectic mix of workshops, including The Tiktok of Social Life and Fundraising for documentary film through to Experiments in polyphonic documentary.

The festival provides plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising at both venues' beautiful waterfront locations, including opening and closing night drinks receptions. What are you waiting for?

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