The Vanishing People of Little Andaman (1998)

The film gives the audience a rare chance to explore the lives of the Negrito hunting-gathering tribe of this island now threatened with extinction. It is only the third film made on the ... See full summary »

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Shona Charlton (as Sonali Dutta)

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Shona Charlton (as Sonali Dutta)
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The film gives the audience a rare chance to explore the lives of the Negrito hunting-gathering tribe of this island now threatened with extinction. It is only the third film made on the tribe, and probably the only one ever broadcast. The indigenous tribes of the Andamans are said to be the purest Negrito (an anthropological term) group of people left in the world. It is not yet known how such a small group of Negritoes reached these remote islands and managed to remain so genetically unique. The documentary captures the Onges' traditional skills of fishing, making dugout boats and of surviving on their own terms with the forests. The film goes on to provide evidence of the havoc wreaked by government policies and the illegal felling of forests in what was declared to be a tribal reserve way back in 1957. Written by S.D.Charlton

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A tribe on the Andaman islands, where no child had been born for many years.
15 June 2006 | by kali_duttaSee all my reviews

i have seen this film. it was shown in 2 parts on Indian TV and also as part of a programme where anthropologists and activists spoke on preserving the environment of these islands and not insist on forcing the tribes to embrace modern life. It is in parts visually beautiful. These islands have thick mangrove forests. There are interesting scenes of these self-sufficient tribals going hunting. They fish with bows and arrows.They have their own creation myth.The filmmaker creates the tension of urban invasion on these lives.Hope more people see it. Indigenous people need protection.There is a hope for the Onges, because when this film was being made, after many years a child had been born in the village. A young man , same tribe, different island had been married to a girl here.


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India

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English

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January 1998 (India) See more »

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INR150,000 (estimated)
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Rajindra Films See more »
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Color (PAL Beta SP Video UK)
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