Friday, February 26, 2010

Dennis O'Rourke

Dennis O'Rourke's Cannibal Tours (1988) is a classic anthropology film filled with thought-provoking observations about the problems of documentary representation. The film depicts a group of "first world" tourists as they encounter the "third world," snapping pictures and buying trinkets up and down Papua New Guinea's Sepik River. O'Rourke wrote (in this 1999 essay) "As my film evidences, modern-day tourism is, in a sense, the successor to the colonial expeditions."
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