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Headhunters

Terese Svoboda

1992, 15:04 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 227.01

"To eat" means to exploit in many Third World countries but "to consume" means to enjoy in the First World. "Headhunters" satirizes this cultural confusion - as well as racism, tourism and male rituals for manhood - -not to mention culinary aspirations -- in a post-colonial story about a white boy's trip to acquire a shrunken head in Papua New Guinea. The boy's mother narrates in cheerful quasi-Conradian monologue. Headhunter's outrageousness hopes to convince viewers, in a way that both amuses and informs, that development has not been to the benefit of the Third World.

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