Sinmia 1: House Bilas Bilong One, Meri Bilong Baruya

Location:Papua New Guinea
Subject:Customs; ceremony
Length:47 minutes
Format:1/2 inch VHS
Year Released:1985 (1989?)
Director:Kumain Kolain (aka Koumain Nunguya or Kumain Nugia)
Producer:Yumi Productions, Paris
Library Code:UHM AV/C VIDEOTAPE 20030514; NFVLS
Description:The Baruya people of the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea use the name Sinmia to refer to both the house of ceremonies and the two month long ceremony during which young boys pass into manhood. Kumain Nunguya, who worked as an informant with the anthropologist Maurice Godlier, and whose own initiation in 1969 was recorded by Ian Dunlop in Towards Baruya Manhood, here returns to make his own film about this initiation ceremony after discovering cinema and television while visiting France and after studying at the Skul Bilong Wokin Piksa, the new national film school in Goroka.
Record No:2668
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