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War of the Gods

Synopsis
About two groups of Indians in Colombia: the Maku, who live mainly by hunting and gathering and the sedentary Barasana who live mainly by farming. Maku and Barasana views of themselves and their world, and of outsiders are presented by the anthropologists who worked among them. These views are contrasted with the views held by missionaries, Catholic and Protestant, working in the area who appear to have convinced themselves that the Indians are plagued with fears of devils and demons. Shows the lavish organisation in Colombia of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, the scientific arm of the Wyclif Bible Translators, the second largest missionary organisation in the world, and raises the question of why their contract to work in Colombia does not specify that their aims are missionary ones.
Series
Disappearing World, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 66 min. Videocassette. VHS. col. 66 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1971
Availability
Hire (film - RAI Film & Video Library)
Sale (video - RAI); 2000 sale: £50.00 (+VAT +p&p) (RAI)
Notes
Broadcast on ITV 22/6/71.
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Barasana; Colombia; Indians of North & South America; Maku; religious belief and practice; religious proselytising

Credits

Director
Brian Moser
Producer
Brian Moser
Contributor
Christine Hugh-Jones; Martin Smith; Peter Silverwood-Cope; Stephen Hugh-Jones

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

Granada Television

Web
http://www.granadamedia.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7734 8080
Fax
020 7494 6280
Address
Non-Theatric Sales
36 Golden Square
London
W1R 4AH

Distributor

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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