Public Space With A Roof

Stephane Breton

The filmmaker/ethnologist Breton observes the Wodani people in the mountains of Irian Jaya, New Guinea. The frustrations of the ethnologist and the speculations surrounding his project are the theme of the film. This is not a documentary on an exotic society but on the exoticism of the man who watches and, perhaps, on the art of exchanging looks. The film aims to reverse the traditional ethnographic approach and wants to show how the native tribe views the person studying it. The film is constructed from scenes which other travel and adventure films have left on the cutting room floor. Presented in the program curated by Stefan Majakowski (Shadow Film Festival).