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Utopia of Death (1940)

Approved  |   |  Short, Documentary  |  12 October 1940 (USA)
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This short is a report of an expedition, led by Harold Austin, to Mexico's Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California. Austin was in search of the Seri Indians, who were believed to be a ... See full summary »

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This short is a report of an expedition, led by Harold Austin, to Mexico's Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California. Austin was in search of the Seri Indians, who were believed to be a dying people when this film was made. We see several Seri natives carrying on their daily lives as they have for many centuries. Concern for the Seris' survival has proved to be premature. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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12 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade No. 17: Utopia of Death  »

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The Seri are still living.
5 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Viewers should look upon this documentary with a critical eye. You need to keep in mind that this short film was made not only for educational purposes, but also to entertain. Additionally, students of anthropology should keep critical and postmodern schools of thought in mind as they watch. Viewers should consider the racial, gender, ethnographic, class, cultural, and other hierarchies that went into the construction of this film. The Seri are still living, though their numbers remain small. These people experienced threats to their existence from the U.S. and Mexican governments like other native peoples in the Western hemisphere. This is not to say that the film is without value. The footage does give a unique look into the lives of the people of this unique culture.


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