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Joe Leahy's Neighbors
Joe Leahy's Neighbors
1988
1h 30m | Documentary
The sequel to First Contact, this film follows Joe, the mixed-race son of Australian explorer Michael Leahy, in his rocky relationship with his indigenous neighbours. Raised in the highlands of Papua and educated in Europe, he owns a coffee plantation, on the edge of which filmmakers Connolly and Anderson lived for months, capturing the conflicting values of tribalism and capitalism.
First Contact
First Contact
1982
58m | Documentary
When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World, there was no technology to record the drama of this first encounter. But, in 1930, when the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of Papua New Guinea in search of gold, they carried a movie camera. Thus, they captured on film their unexpected confrontation with indigenous communities. This amazing footage is at the center First Contact. Fifty years later some of the participants are still alive and vividly recall their first encounter with the outsiders. The Papuans recount how they believed the white men to be their ancestors, bleached by the sun and returned from the dead. When shown their younger, innocent selves in the found footage, they recall the darker side of their relationship with these mysterious beings.
Black Harvest
Black Harvest
1992
1h 30m | Documentary
The final film in the Highlands Trilogy, Black Harvest traces Joe Leahy’s progress in convincing the indigenous Ganiga people to join him in his coffee growing venture. But on the eve of success, the price of coffee crashes, resulting in tribal warfare. Always arousing suspicion due to his mixed-race status, Joe is in trouble when his promises of riches fail to materialize, and he must move his family to safety in Australia.
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