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Cannibal Tours (1987)


Using an observational style without commentary, the film follows tourists as they visit the Sepik River region in New Guinea. The film shows the tourists’ reactions in interviews and observes their behaviour as they photograph the indigenous people and purchase souvenirs. The Papua New Guineans speak to camera about their point of view of tourism. They comment that tourism provides income and introduces western ideas.

Curator’s notes

The film is an ironic exploration of the advantages and disadvantages of cultural change. Dennis O’Rourke is one of Australia’s pre-eminent documentary filmmakers. He has produced several award-winning documentaries dealing with the cultural clash between Westerners and indigenous people in the Papua New Guinea Pacific region.