My father, my country [electronic resource] / directed by Peter Butt.
- Other Title:
- Academic Video Online.
- Acton, Australian Capital Territory : National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 1989.
1 online resource (56 min.).
- Taylor, Jim.
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea.
- Documentary films.
- In English.
- In 1938 three Australian patrol officers - Jim Taylor, John Black and Pat Walsh - set off on an epic journey into the unexplored highlands of Papua New Guinea. Their purpose: to make contact with "stone age" tribes who knew nothing of the outside world and explain to them that their lives were about to undergo incredible change. Fifty years later, Jim's daughter Meg took time off from her legal practice and set out on her own journey of discovery, retracing the footsteps of her father's historic patrol. On the two-and-a-half month expedition, Meg and her fellow travellers have to cope with illness, fatigue and constant rain as they find their way through almost trackless jungle over one of the highest mountain ranges in Papua New Guinea. Along the way, Meg meets people who vividly recall the day her father's patrol arrived. Having no knowledge of the outside world, they thought the white men were spirits of the dead they'd buried, come back to life to harm them. Meg's observations of how her country has coped since then are combined with excerpts from her father's beautifully written journal to provide a personal and poetic narrative about an extraordinary meeting of cultures.
- Title from resource description page (viewed November 18, 2014).
- Butt, Peter. , Director, Producer
Taylor, Meg. , Speaker
Downes, Jim. , Narrator
Alexander Street Press.
Film Australia (Organization) , Production company
National Film and Sound Archive (Australia) , Distributor
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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