Cannibal Tours

  • 1987 ----- color ----- 70 min ----- 16mm/vhs//
  • Presents two journeys: the first--rich and bourgeois tourists on a luxury cruise up the mysterious Sepik River, in the jungles of Papua New Guinea--the packaged version of a "heart of darkness." The second journey--a metaphysical one--affords a glimpse at the real reasons why "civilized" people wish to encounter the "primitive". Observes that shifting terminus of civilization, where modern mass-culture grates and pushes against those original, essential aspects of humanity; and where much of what passes for "values" in western culture, is exposed, in stark relief, as banal and fake. "There is nothing so strange in a strange land, as the stranger who comes to visit it." (Edited from notes by the filmmaker, Dennis O'Rourke) (vhs Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Art: Tribal, Austronesia, Sociology)