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The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) celebrates ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological filmmaking from around the globe at the RAI Film Festival in Bristol, UK, every two years. The USC Center of Visual Anthropology brings a USC Edition of the festival to Los Angeles in alternate years. This March, USC will host over thirty films from the 16th RAI Film Festival, along with conference sessions and special events celebrating the many Native American productions and collaborations showcased in the festival.

RAI@USC 2020 will focus on collaborative and participatory trends in ethnographic cinema and on reception, that is, what people—faculty, students, activists, and film subjects—do with films once they’re released into the world. The theme of collaboration is carried over in community and student-organized events and through outreach to students and faculty across Los Angeles to participate in the festival in a variety of ways—from attending events to incorporating festival screenings in their classes.

See the Festival Program for schedule and film descriptions or look through RAI@USC event listings in the USC Anthropology calendar.

Department of Anthropology
University of Southern California
3620 South Vermont Ave.,Suite 352
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2537

Phone: (213) 740 – 1900
Email: anthro@dornsife.usc.edu