Ngat is Dead: Studying Mortuary Traditions

Location:Papua New Guinea, Baluan Island
Subject:Death, ritual, mortuary traditions
Length:59 minutes
Year Released:2007
Director:Christian Suhr Nielsen, Ton Otto
Distributor:Documentary Education Resources
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Description:The film follows the Dutch anthropologist Ton Otto, who has been adopted by a family on the island of Baluan, in the South Pacific. Due to the death of his adoptive father, he has to take part in mortuary ceremonies whose form and content are forcefully contested by different groups of relatives. Through the ensuing negotiations Ton learns how Baluan people perform and develop their traditions and not least what role he plays. The film is part of long-term fieldwork in which filmmaking has become integrated in the ongoing dialogue and exchange relations between the islanders and the anthropologist.
Record No:3336
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