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First Contact (1982)

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 ... See full summary »
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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 <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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One of the best anthropology documentaries ever
5 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie during an anthropology film festival years ago, then taped it when it appeared on PBS. Years later it still haunts me. The Leahy brothers, opportunists, knew they were witnessing history, and had the foresight to film the natives. Most compelling to me are the expressions on the faces of the villagers when they first encountered the explorers. If you haven't seen this film, and can get your hands on a copy, you will be astonished. It's been too long since I've seen the film (lost my own copy), but I believe it also includes a revisit to the villages many many years later which is also extremely interesting to hear the villagers who recalled the explorers. This is a great film.


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