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Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale -- In 1955, Tobias Schneebaum studied the natives of the Peruvian Amazon. In 1999, he returned to visit the cannibals he lived with many years before. This amazing documentary follows his emotional reunion with the Asmat people.

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A retired gay anthropologist revisits the native cultures he studied in his youth. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
A well balanced film and interesting subject matter See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tobias Schneebaum ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Norman Mailer ... Himself
Michael Nelson Rockefeller ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
David Shapiro 
Laurie Gwen Shapiro 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Shapiro 
Laurie Shapiro 

Produced by
Peter Broderick .... executive producer
David Shapiro .... producer (as David S. Shapiro)
Laurie Shapiro .... producer
Mark Stolaroff .... associate producer
Lorna Thomas .... consulting producer
Chris Vroom .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Liz Dory 
Jonathan Kovel (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Donahue 
Tula Goenka 
 
Sound Department
Peter Levin .... sound re-recording mixer
Evan Meszaros .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Liz Dory .... director of photography: additional photography (as Elizabeth Dory)
 
Animation Department
Rob Hammer .... animator
Stephen Moverley .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Rob Hammer .... apprentice editor
Mary Catherine Palumbos .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Paul O'Leary .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Tiffany Bauer .... web site designer
 
Thanks
John Zorn .... thanks
 

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Rated R for depiction of mature thematic material
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93 min
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A well balanced film and interesting subject matter, 20 March 2003
Author: Unfunky_UFO from Cambridge, MA

It's rare that you see a documentary as well balanced as this movie. The blend of Tobias's daily life with his adventures in Peru really show both sides of the man. In truth he is a very simple person, but for whatever reason his life sends him visiting ancient cultures in South America. He is a man of many contradictions.

While the movie is about Tobias overally, it provides interesting commentary on a number of subjects: loss of culture, aging, homosexuality, even a little commentary on the voyeuristic act of the documentary itself. It's this richness of information that makes the movie so compelling.

Unfortunately the filming style is high-handed and sometimes is disruptive. It breaks the old adage that the best camerawork is the kind that is not noticed. Throughout the movie there are annoying closeups and jerky camera movement that is more distracting than useful.

Overall, I highly recommend this movie. I'd give it a 9 out of 10. The film style is annoying but the story is first rate. You won't be disappointed.

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