Return of the NightingalesThe Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Kabul, October 2011

Director John Baily
Country/Production UK
Release 2013
Length 33 minutes
Format Colour / DVD / Pal / All region
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Language English (Engl.Sub)

Order No RAI-200.418
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In 2010 Afghan musicologist Dr. Ahmad Sarmast opened the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), a coeducational vocational music school in Kabul that teaches Afghan, Indian and Western music. In 2011 the Society for Education, Music and Music Education (SEMPRE), an organisation that was offering financial support for ANIM staff development, sent ethnomusicologist and film-maker John Baily to visit the school. Made in the observational cinema style, the film provides a lyrical portrayal of the school’s activities, with an emphasis on the teaching, rehearsal and performance of the music, building up to a performance of Ravel’s Bolero for the visiting Swedish Ambassador. The film projects a very positive image of young people in Afghanistan today, challenging the usual negative stereotypes favoured by Western media.

Steel Lives. © Marker LTD

Director Massimiliano Mollona, Marker LTD
Country/Production UK
Release 2005
Length 45 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL or NTSC / All region
Location UK, Sheffield / Europe
Prizes/Commendations Commendation Student Film Prize 2003

Order No RAI-200.344
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The anthropologist spent several months working as unskilled labourer alongside Sheffield steelworkers at Morris for his PhD. This film is a look into the working lives of men who earn a living in what remains of the Sheffield Steel Industry.Endcliffe is an industrial area in the East End of Sheffield. The film follows the daily routine at the workshop as well as family and leisure activities and portraits the reactions to de-industrialization and work realities.

Sons of the Moon. © F Speed

Director Frank Speed, Deirdre LaPin
Country/Production USA
Release 1984
Length 25 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Nigeria, Jos Plateau / Africa
Ethnic Group Ngas
Collection Frank Speed Film Collection on Nigeria
Comments A study guide is available for this film

Order No RAI-200.332
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In isolated mountain hamlets in Nigeria’s Jos Plateau the Ngas have traditionally observed the movements of the moon in the night sky. The moon is a key symbol in Ngas cosmology, believed to regulate the rhythm of all life. The film traces the moon’s influence on Ngas work and thought during a single growing season. The documentary tells the story form the point of view of a single traditional Ngas bard.

Some Women of Marrakech. © DWS contact RAI

Series Disappearing World Series
Director Melissa Llewelyn-Davies, Elizabeth Fernea
Country/Production UK
Release 1977
Length 52 mins
Format Colour / DVD or VHS / PAL / All region
Location Morocco, Marrakech / Africa

Order No RAI-200.75
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In Marrakech, traditional attitudes to women prevail perhaps more strongly than in other Moroccan cities. This is especially true for those women who live by the standards of traditional ideals in the Medina, the old city of Marrakech still enclosed by its ancient walls. This film attempts to say something about women such as Aisha and Hajiba – two main characters – who have experienced the hardships of life for women in such a society. Aisha's husband is an unskilled labourer and so she is forced to find work cooking and cleaning. Hajiba has been thrown out of her natal home by the brother who became household head on her father's death and she works as a dancer (shaykha) in a troupe entertaining men for money. For both of them the ideal of seclusion remains unrealisable, economic factors taking them out into the public world of men. The all-women film-crew were privileged to be allowed to attend a series of events involving women – a visit to the steam baths, a religious celebration, a wedding, a visit to a shuwafa (fortune teller), a possession cult trance and a trip to the market to buy cloth. At many of these social events the guests entertain each other, and the film is remarkable not least for sequences showing women dancing and playing musical instruments, the brilliant colours of their dress and surroundings adding to the visual interest. Some Women of Marrakech is important for the manner in which it situates these `ethnographic events' in relation to the division between women in the private world and men in the public world, providing an analysis which puts in the foreground questions of women's consciousness, sexuality and male/female division. K.L. Brown, 1977. Review of the film. RAIN, 19, pp. 7–9. L. Brown, 1978. `The Two Worlds of Marrakech'. Screen, Vol. 19, No. 12, pp. 85–118. E.W. Fernea, 1976. A Street in Marrakech. Anchor/Doubleday, New York. V. Maher, 1974. Women and Property in Morocco. Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology, No. 10, Cambridge University Press