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.)
This is one of those movies where you expect (from the trailer) that it may be an interesting examination of how civilizations clash.
Unlike "The Gods Must be Crazy", there is no heart to this movie. The main character (played by Eriq Ebouaney) is most like Rod Taylor in "The Time Machine (1960)", someone who assumes his greater knowledge (the benefit of his "higher" civilization) allows him to know how best to act. It's a worn concept, best put to rest.
Lessons are not learned, casting is ragged (why is the pygmy love-interest a foot taller than the rest of the tribe?) and the movie ends suddenly, as if the budget ran out.
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