Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Borneo Story Trilogy | Film Screening

The Borneo Story Trilogy

18 September 2013 (Wednesday)
Part 1 - Borneo from the Beginning/ Birds' Nest Soup/ Cavemen of Today
2 October 2013 (Wednesday)
Part 2 - Peoples of the Tinjar River/ The Dayaks/ The Rainforest
16 October 2013 (Wednesday)
Part 3 - Fisherman of the Coast/ Highlanders of the Equator/ The Swamp
Time: 7pm
Venue: NUS Museum

Free admission. To register, please email indicating which screening you would like to attend, or call 6516 8817.

Known as the 'Barefoot Anthropologist', with his biography titled The Most Offending Soul Alive, Tom Harrisson, based at the Sarawak Museum from 1947 to 1966, was a polymath whose knowledge of ecology, ethnography and archaeology of Borneo lives on today. While he was not above controversy, his contributions to understanding the effects of positionality of the observer on the communities they observed were before its time. Exploring but never quite de-stabilising the civilised/savage dichotomy, this nine-episode BBC documentary is a departing point to introduce the ambivalent character of Harrisson, betwixt 'civilisation' and 'savagery'.

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