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Baka: People of the Forest


This is one of the all-time great visual anthropology pieces. It took the filmmakers two years to settle into a village of Pygmies and six months of warming up before they even began filming. All this care transforms exotic natives into next-door people. My favorite part is when the little boy tells his parent he wants them to send his newborn brother back from wherever it was that he came. Noble savages, this ain’t.

— KK

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Baka: The People of the Forest
Directed by Phil Agland
1990, 54 min.
$20, DVD

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Posted May 3, 2004 at 2:55 pm | comments

  • Gennifer White

    I am a current undergrad student majoring in Social Work and its a requirement to take an Anthropology course and we are currently reading this book. I didn’t know there was a movie and i don’t think my Professor has any idea either. She is always showing us films so I will let her know that this film exists.
    Amazing Piece by the way!

  • lulu

    Actually, the little boy wants to throw away his newborn SISTER. Did you actually watch this or did you just look up a synopsis? They said sister like, a million times.

    • anonymous :D

       ya i watched this video like a day ago n he got jealos of HER and wanted to throw her away