First Contact

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First Contact

  • 1983 ----- color ----- 54 min ----- vhs
  • In 1930 when the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of New Guinea in search of gold they carried a movie camera. They captured on film their unexpected confrontation with thousands of stone age people who had no concept of human life beyond their valleys. Fifty years later some of the participants are still alive and vividly recall their unique experience. They were amazed at the artifacts of 20th century life. As they see their younger, innocent selves on the screen, they speak of the darker side of their relationship with these mysterious beings with devastating weapons.
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Austronesia)