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Headhunting

Synopsis
This film covers the history of human decapitation, featuring the story of two British engineers beheaded by rebels in modern Russia and the psychological and religious implications of contemporary headhunting in Borneo.

The FORBIDDEN RITES series looks at rituals considered important and acceptable to one society but regarded, particularly in the West, as unacceptable and even abhorrent. The aim is to look at the differences and get explanations from practitioners in other societies as to why such rituals worked for them.
Series
Forbidden Rites, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1999
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
customs; ethnography; headhunting; Borneo; decapitation

Credits

Director
André Singer; Tom Sheahan

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2012

Sponsor

Name

National Geographic

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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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.

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