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This documentary presents footage of the first contact between the highland tribes of Papua New Guinea, and European explorers. In the 1930s three Australian's, Michael, Daniel and James Leahy were the first white people to venture into the vast New Guinean interior. They searched for gold and found 1 million highland tribespeople who had previously had no contact with the outside world. Amazingly, they took a film camera with them. Written by Brian Rawnsley <>

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absolutely UNIQUE !! should be REQUIRED VIEWING in schools ...
2 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If there is anything else Like this film, someone please let me know. To my knowledge, there is not and cannot ever BE anything like this ever made, EVER AGAIN (!) ... it is the only recorded example (of which I am aware) that provides actual visual first hand EVIDENCE (yes, i'll call it Evidence) of a long ago passed and never to recur moment in human history, that of the ''First Contact'' between the 'modern world' and ''primitive'' Peoples with absolutely NO IDEA that Any People OTHER THAN THEMSELVES existed ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET !!

This is singular material that was recorded perhaps at the Last Possible moment in the worlds history that Ever Again there might BE people who'd be Actally UNAWARE that anyone existed Other than themselves, anywhere in the world.

What is Unique in this case and Most significant -- it is very likely too that these people had never even seen an airplane in the sky !!

At that Time the film was taken -- only a year or two after Charles Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic, the airplane was still a relatively 'rare' machine ...and certainly while in today's world there is probably no one, no matter How remote, who hasn't at least SEEN an airplane fly overhead, at the time these films were taken it is actually Very likely that these people had never before even been 'overflown'.

I think it is truly 'too bad' that so few people have seen this film. If I were King of the World, no one would get a diploma from ANYWHERE without having seen this film. Not a diploma from a barber school or Oxford. Come to think of it, wouldn't be able to run for political office or have a gov'rnment job either, unless you'd seen it.

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