Friday, December 11, 2009

God is American (2007)

A documentary featured at Marfa Film Festival 2009 and focusing on famous cargo cult on Tanna island.

During WW II, the US navy used the island in Southern Pacific to build a military base and when the islanders met the American soldiers it was a tremendous cultural shock. And the islanders have believed in the Americans were demi-gods. During this period, John Frum, an American pilot landed on Tanna. No one knows him except the islanders. They believe in John Frum is their prophet and wait his return.

Their customs have been shaped by this belief.

"...they [cargo cults] do provide a fascinating contemporary model for the way religions spring up from almost nothing. In particular, they suggest four lessons about the origin of religions generally." as Richard Dawkins stated in The God Delusion, the documentary shows us the evolution of a religion.

Except all of these, this is a sad story of pride, loneliness and hopelesness.

Also watch: Moolaadé - Protection (2004)

Complete name :
Format : Matroska
File size : 696 MiB
Duration : 52mn 5s
Width : 704 pixels
Height : 544 pixels
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Resolution : 24 bits
Audio Format : AAC
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
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