The Orchard Keepers / 2014 / 24 min

Against the backdrop of political upheaval, an ancient network of orchards thrives in the mountains of the Sinai desert. Filmmaker Bryony Dunne shadows two Bedouins as they nurture their gardens and are nurtured by them. This poetic portrait of symbiosis digs deep into the perceptual complexities between the natural world and our constructed ones, as well as the tradition of ethnographic film and Dunne’s role as a foreign documentarian.



– Golden Gazelle Award for Best Documentary Film, Iranian Green Film Festival, Iran (2016)

– First Prize Award Winner – Professional Anthropologists/Ethnologists, Ethnofilm International Film Festival, Rovinj, Croatia (2015)

– Second Prize Award Winner – ‘Energy of the Truth’, Saratov International Documentary and Drama Film Festival, Russia (2014)


MOLDOX Documentary Film Festival, Moldova (28.09.16)

3rd Riga World Film Festival, Kino Bize, Latvia (08.05.16)

Iranian Green Film Festival, Iran (20.05.16)

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland (11.07.15)

Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt (10.06.15)

Olhares do Mediterrâneo, Lisbon, Portugal (07.06.15)

Trento Film Festival, Italy (30.05.15)

Ethnofilm Festival, Rovinj, Croatia (25.04.15)

Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York, US (16.03.15)

Dingle International Film Festival, Kerry, Ireland (12.03.15)

Days of Ethnographic Film, Slovenia (10.03.15)

Goldsmiths University, Dep Visual Anthropology, London UK(05.02.15)

P 21 Gallery, London UK (04.02.15)

Antropofest, Prague, Czech Republic (29.01.15)

Frontline Club, London,UK (16.01.15)

Bilbao Mountain Film Festival, Spain (11.12.14)

Festival International du film de Montagne,Autrans, France (04.12.14)

Sinai Conference, Netherlands Institute in Cairo, Egypt (30.11.14)

Nour Festival of the Arts, Leighton House Museum, London UK (25.11.14)

Banff Mountain International Film Festival, Alberta, Canada (08.11.14)

Guth Gafa International Film Festival, Ireland (02.11.14)

Saratov International Film Festival, Russia (13.09.14)

The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK (14.08.14)

Ismallia International Film Festival, Egypt (04.06.14)


Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT