The Gospel According To The Papuans

Thomas Balmes

2001, 83min.

In his tribe in Papua New Guinea, wives don’t always come cheap – he had to pay forty pigs for his. But which wife has to go is just one of the dilemmas facing Ghini, as he and his tribe puzzle through Christianity.

Introducing The Gospel According to the Papuans at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Director Thomas Balmes said he is proud it has been called a “reverse anthropological film”. Although Westerners hardly make an appearance, the viewer learns as much about Western religion, missionary zeal and colonialism as about the Hulis tribe.

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