Asmat by Jean-Michel Corillion


The Asmat people live on the southwestern coast of western Papua. a land that has long remained free of outsiders, discouraged by the Asmats' terrifying reputation as cannibals and headhunters.

The film tells the story of Rufinus, a 20 year old Asmat, that will be married. Before that however, he must capture and kill a cassowary, the great solitary bird that lives in the depths of the jungle.

Accomplishing this task, will give Rufinus a sense of belonging to the Asmat people, whom their neighbors, the Mimikans call, "We mana wé: the men who eat the man".

Parallel to the wedding, spectacular and rare stock film retraces the history of this terrifying people.


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