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Film by Visual Ethnography alumna selected for the RAI Film Festival

'Don’t Let the sunny weather fool you' a film made by Visual Ethnography alumna Guusje Meeuwissen has been selected for the RAI film festival in London this year. It's a short film about the everyday lives of a farmer and a fisherman in the Philippines, and their capacity to adapt to a changing natural environment and climate. The film is competing in the shorts section on Environmental Crisis for the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize. Guusje graduated cum laude in 2019 for the Visual Ethnography master which is part of the Cultural Anthropology programme.

On 25 March Guusje Meeuwissen will be giving a live Q&A about her film. You can buy your ticket to rent Don’t Let the sunny weather fool you  and 2 other short documentaries for 4 euro via the RAI FILM festival website

Don’t Let the sunny weather fool you

All over the world people are affected by climate change, particularly those living in coastal regions or whose employment depend on agriculture. For her film “Don’t Let The Sunny Weather Fool You” Guusje Meeuwissen spent nearly three months Aparri, North-Luzon (the Philippines) where she followed the lives of both a farmer and a fisherman. How do their lives and livelihoods change over time? And what other challenges do they face? Her film shows the intimate human-nature relationship of these two men and thereby foregrounds their local adaptive capabilities.

Don't Let The Sunny Weather Fool You (Official Trailer) from Guusje Meeuwissen on Vimeo.

The RAI FILM festival

The RAI FILM festival is an annual film festival organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute Of Great Britain And Ireland. The festival screens documentaries from around the world that engage with themes of culture & society. It has a special focus on anthropological and ethnographic films. The first edition was in 1985.  Due to COVID-19, this year's edition will be online. More information about the programme and buying online tickets can be found on their website. 

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