SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Robert Gardner, Dead Birds, 1963, 83 min


Date: 21 February 2018Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

This film is a dramatic and forceful presentation of the daily lives of the Dugum Dani of the Balim Valley in West Irian (then part of Netherlands New Guinea and now in Indonesia) which was intended to make a statement about people everywhere. This was the film that established Gardner as a leading anthropological filmmaker and remains one of his best-known works. The film is a kind of poetic essay on the theme of violence and death that details the intense ‘ritual’ warfare conducted by the Dani and their neighbouring tribes.