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Film Festival
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Film Festival
of Navarra

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Country: Australia
Year: 1988
Duration: 72'
Direction: Dennis O''Rourke
Cinematographer: Dennis O''Rourke
Editor: Tim Litchfield
Production: Dennis O''Rourke

While the cameras snap non-stop, the tourists bargain, and Sonny and Cher sing I Got You Babe over Radio Moscow, the tribespeople in Papua New Guinea try to avoid the hordes of men and women who journey into their territory in search for an encounter with the original savage. With dry humour and acute observation, Dennis O’Rourke explores the roles of western tourists and primitive natives, the result being a caustic portraiture of modernity. For, as the film’s opening line says, “There is nothing so strange in a strange land, as the stranger who comes to visit it.” A classic of reverse ethnography.

Dennis O''Rourke

Dennis O’Rourke. Born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1945, Dennis O’Rourke went travelling in outback Australia, the Pacific Islands, and South East Asia when he was 16. During this period he worked as a farm hand, salesman, cowboy, a roughneck on oil rigs, and as a maritime seaman. He also taught himself photography and dreamt of becoming a photojournalist. Wanting to make documentary films, he moved to Sydney, where the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) employed him as an assistant gardener. He later became a cinematographer for that organisation. From 1974 until 1979 he lived in Papua New Guinea, which was in the process of decolonisation. His first film, Yumi Yet - Independence for Papua New Guinea, was widely acclaimed. Retrospectives of O’Rourke’s work have been held at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. In 2005, Dennis O’Rourke received the Don Dunstan Award for his contribution to the Australian film industry. His many other awards include the Director’s Prize for Extraordinary Achievement at the Sundance Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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