Cannibal Tours (1988)

06/14/1988 (US) Documentary 1h 12m
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There is nothing so strange in a strange land, as the stranger who comes to visit it.

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The film follows a number of European and American ecotourists as they travel from village to village throughout the Sepik River area in Papua New Guinea, driving hard bargains for local handcrafted items, paying to view formerly sacred ceremonies and taking photographs of every aspect of "primitive" life. With some prodding, the tourists unwittingly reveal an unattractive and pervasive ethnocentrism to O'Rourke's cameras. The tourists thus become somewhat dehumanized by the camera, even as the tourists themselves are busy exoticizing even the most mundane aspects of Sepik River life.

  1. Dennis O'Rourke

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Original Language English

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