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Directed by: Chris Owen


The film details the experience of John Waiko the first Papua New Guinean to reach the status of Professor. After receiving his doctorate from the Australian National University he travelled back to his village; Tobara, on the Gira River to celebrate the achievement with his own people. His academic supervisor at A.N.U. Hank Nelson was invited along as a guest of honour. This program captures the exotic spectacle, and at the same time the intense and subtle dynamics of village life in a conflict between traditional custom and Western value. (NFSA,

Year: 1990
Category: Documentaries
Country of origin: Australia