I just responded to a thread on the RF forum about film and inquisitive onlookers and thought I'd share my recent experience here.
I was shooting in an underground Thai temple only a few days ago with my Hexar RF and AF. A Thai guy with his Canon digital came up to and asked if his wife could take a shot of the two of us together explaining that he was honored to be in the presence of a dedicated film man. He asked if he could hold the RF for the shot. As we were posing a young German tourist walked by with his Grandads Minolta SRT and amazingly a Thai schoolgirl with a Contax G1. Well, the Canon guy couldn't believe his luck and after we all posed he insisted on buying food/drinks for all.
P.s. I'm a 66 year old Brit. The Thai guy was 55, the German lad was 38 and the school girl was 17.
So yea, film has no barriers or peers.