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Last Navigator, The

Synopsis
Concerns the clash of two cultures and two technologies. The technology is navigation, traditional and Western, and the cultures are Satawal, one of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia, and the United States. An American navigator, Stephen Thomas, is taught the skills of navigation by a traditional Micronesian navigator and with these skills he tries to navigate a boat through dangerous waters without Western technology, while the traditional navigator, Mau Piailug, watches him. The film-making brought out interesting conflicts within the Micronesian community and in the interaction with the American navigator.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 50 min.
Year of production
1989
Availability
Hire (RAI Film & Video Library)
Sale (RAI, INCA); 1997 sale: £30.00 (inc. VAT +p&p) INCA 2000 hire: £15.00 (+VAT +p&p) 2000 sale: £50.00 (+VAT +p&p) RAI
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Caroline Islands; Micronesia; navigation skills; seamanship

Credits

Director
André Singer
Producer
Martin Pick

Production Company

Name

INCA

Notes
Use for: Independent Communications Associates

Distributor

Name

INCA (London) Ltd

Contact
William Woollard
Email
incaltd@dial.pipex.com
Web
http://www.inca-productions.com/index.htm External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8748 9600
Fax
020 8748 9607
Address
INCA House
67 Castlenau
Barnes
London
SW13 9RT
Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
https://www.therai.org.uk/film/film-sales External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.
Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

Email
sales@concordvideo.co.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726012
Fax
01473 274531
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG

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