A film about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect another culture. In this case, the problem is so acute that there is even heated debate over what ...
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A film about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect another culture. In this case, the problem is so acute that there is even heated debate over what to call that 'other.' The subtitles in the film use the familiar word 'pygmies,' a relatively pejorative European term; the Bantu or villagers' expression for the same group, Babingas, carries similar negative connotations. These highly specialized, tropical rain forest hunter-gatherers should perhaps be called by their own ethnonym, Aka, MoAka (sing.) and BaAka (pl.)
Just saw this at the Toronto Film Festival. This is a movie that is utterly and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. The protagonist is a man returning from France back to Western Africa in order to exact change for all of his people. But they don't want change and don't realize the benefit in it. Based on a novel, they used pigmies or baboonga all from the same tribe as the chorus for a good part of the movie. The music is great and the story as good. See it if you can!!
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