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Ethnographic Film Series

Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Film Committee and SOAS Department of Anthropology and Sociology

30 October Wednesday 1 PM, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS    

The Price of Death

Rebekah Lee, 29 mins, UK

‘The Price of Death’ explores the cost of death in contemporary South Africa through the intertwined stories of Dikela Funeral Services, a family-run business based in a sprawling township in Cape Town, and the grieving family who hire Dikela to organize a funeral in a remote town 1000 kilometres away. In a context of economic deprivation and the devastation of an ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, the emergent funeral industry has created opportunities and risks, both moral and material, in post-apartheid South Africa. Followed by Q&A session with director.

Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography 2013

For further information on the film please contact: RAI Film Officer, Susanne Hammacher, film@therai.org.uk, or Kimberly Chong, SOAS Anthropology Department, kc27@soas.ac.uk

These are public events – all are welcome.