In a wide shot, many highlanders are chanting and running through the grass with spears. Joe sits at home looking distraught. The Ganiga return to the village and attend to a wounded man. They can’t take him to the hospital because doctors are not allowed to treat injuries caused by tribal warfare (unless they pay $100 which is impossible for most Ganiga).
This is very dramatic footage of the highlanders’ warfare. The Ganiga joined their allied tribe to fight their common enemies. The filmmakers are in there filming with them up close as arrows fly through the air and the men attack. As time went on, the fighting spread and became one of the worst tribal wars in post-independence PNG history. For the first time, modern military weapons were in use.
Footage later in the film of the fighting is more distant because of the danger perceived by the filmmakers. There were times when Connolly would leave the four-wheel drive on the road facing away from the turmoil with the engine running and the doors open, so he and Robin Anderson could make a quick escape when they needed to. When only traditional weapons were used there were far fewer casualties and the tribal leaders could sit down and negotiate compensation and an end to the conflict, but this all changed.