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Title Tidikawa : at the edge of heaven / by Susan Cornwell and Look Film Productions
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1992
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (47 min.)
Summary This film captures the poignancy of a native people undergoing cultural change. When Susan Cornwell first encountered the Bedamini in Papua, New Guinea in 1971, they were aggressive and practiced cannibalism as part of their religion. She was able to befriend them and make a landmark film, Tidikawa and Friends. Now, on her return, she finds a people in Western dress, wearing T-shirts instead of nose bones. Many have been converted to Christianity. They perform their tribal dances for money, and use calculators to determine the charges. Susan shows them the old film and they respond with excitement to images of their former selves. The skillful intercutting of old and new footage dramatizes the effects of westernization on an indigenous people
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Audience For College; Adult audiences
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Asian Studies Association, 1992
Subject Bedamini (Papua New Guinean people)
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Cornwell, Susan.
Davies, Will.
Owynns, Taylor.
Filmakers Library, inc.
Look Film Productions.