Kobarweng or Where is your Helicopter?
The video picks up the story of the first encounter of a remote village in the highlands of New Guinea with the rest of the world. In June 1959, a scientific crew, including anthropologists, had actually jumped out of helicopters with parachutes. This story is mainly told by a local who reclaims the memory of a colonial past. By reversing the roles of observer and observed, anthropology, rather than the “other,” becomes an exotic object of investigation and exploration.
Johan Grimonprez (B), Betacam SP, 25 min, 1992