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Utopia of Death (1940)

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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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Terrific Look at a Lost Group of People
16 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Utopia of Death (1940)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This here is certainly one of the most fascinating entries in the Passing Parade series. An expedition went to the Tiburon Island to try and see if there are really Seri Indians living there. We're told that the Seri people left America after not trusting the people there yet no one really knew where they went and if there were any still alive. The expedition wasn't supported by the U.S. or Mexican governments but they did find some natives and the footage we see is what was shot at the time of the mission. This is without question a very interesting little gem as we're basically seeing these people for the first time. It was fascinating to see these new discoveries as well as hearing their stories and what we're told is their race suicide where there's going to be no more children so that they can simply kill off their own race. I'm sure if these events happened today there would be all sorts of great looking HD footage but this is 1940 we're talking about but what we get is still terrific footage. In today's day and age it's sometimes easy to forget that there were uncharted places very close to us not too long ago. John Nesbitt makes it clear that these people were living just 600 miles from Los Angeles yet no one knew they were there. This is certainly a film that makes you do a search to try and see what happened to these people since the time of the original release.


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