Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales: A Film by Paul Wolffram
From Documentary Educational Resources:
"This is a story of the Lak people. It's also
a story of how I came to know the people of the region and how my story became
forever woven into their own… I was to become enmeshed in events that resulted
in bloodshed and death. What's more, I was held responsible.”
In 2001 Paul Wolffram, a cultural researcher,
travelled to one of the most isolated and unique corners of the earth. He
eventually spent over two years living and working among the Lak people in the
rainforest of Papua New Guinea. As his relationships with the people grew he
began to glimpse a hidden reality, a dark and menacing history that loomed over
his host community. Over time the sense that something is amiss grows. As his
curiosity deepens Paul brings to light dark secrets that set in motion a
compelling and deadly set of events.
an opportunity for the Lak to tell their stories in their way, Stori Tumbuna:
Ancestors' Tales was shot over several years and takes its structure from the
traditional mythologies of the region. Unlike most films based on the lives of
traditional communities that are told from the point of view of an outsider
this film adopts indigenous narrative structures and presents a collaborative
account that privileges local points of view and the Lak ethos.
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