British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE


Duka - Duka’s Dilemma (courtesy of Jean Lydal; Duka’s Dilemma).
Description
The RAI is the world’s longest established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology in its broadest and most inclusive sense. A core activity has been the promotion of Visual Anthropology and ethnographic film as a means of dialogue between academics, TV and visual media professionals and the general public. As well as organising a biennial Festival of Ethnographic Film, the RAI manages one of the most comprehensive ethnographic film and video libraries in the world, a fast growing film archive and since the mid-1980s, it has run an international Video/DVD sales service. The RAI Film Committee is composed of international recognised British film and TV documentary makers and university teachers of visual anthropology.
The RAI’s film library was set up in 1971. The major part of the collection is contemporary (i.e. 1960 till present). Most of Granada Television’s Disappearing World series is held. The RAI sponsors an Ethnographic Film Festival every two years, which is held at different hosting institutions each time.
Website
http://www.therai.org.uk/
Keywords
Ethnography; Anthropology
Access
Opening hours by appointment; Mon-Fri 10.30am -17 pm; please contact film@therai.org.uk or admin@therai.org.uk.
Hiring and Sale of films and videos for non-commercial educational purposes only.
Access for outsiders
Yes
Facilities
None
Copyright
RAI own copyright in limited cases.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
RAI has a book library which is housed with British Museum (Museum of Mankind before recent changes) which is completely separate from Film and Video collections.
Masters
Approx 300 masters.
Still Images
RAI has a Photo Archive which is completely separate from Films and Video collections.
Video/Film
More than 1000 titles in Film & Video Library and Reference Film Archive. Over 300 titles in Video/DVD Sales Collection.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Cinema
Projectors
Documents
Correspondence; Diaries, unpublished memoirs etc; Scripts and treatments; Personal papers; Photographs; Other production documentation
Projection & Viewing
Data projectors; Slides

Catalogues

Computerised database
Online catalogue under construction
Online catalogue
Video sales list and Film & Video Library Catalogues (restricted use to UK).
Printed catalogue
RAI Film Catalogue Vols I and II, plus additional leaflet for new acquisitions.
Digitised catalogue
No. Ongoing debate.

Additional Information

Artefact notes
Filemaker pro /Dublin code;

Main Contact

Name
Susanne Hammacher
Job title
Film Officer
Telephone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7383 4235
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT

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