Cannibal Tours


Dennis O'Rourke
1988 | 70 minutes | Australia, Papua New Guinea

When tourists journey to the furthermost reaches of the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, is it the indigenous tribespeople or the white visitors who are the oddity? "Cannibal Tours" explores the differences, and the surprising similarities, that emerge when “civilized” and “primitive” people meet. Originally released in 1988 to much acclaim and controversy, the film remains an ageless and timeless meditation on cultural tourism. It is a pointed look at a strange phenomenon, set on a luxury cruise with a twist. Chock-full of dry humor and acute observations, "Cannibal Tours" is out to explode cultural assumptions.