Tales From The Jungle: Bronislaw Malinowski

This film examines the work of Bronislaw Malinowski, often revered as the founding father of modern anthropology. Malinowski famously “went native”, intending to live among the mysterious tribes of the Trobriand Islands in the Pacific Ocean for 12 months. However, the outbreak of the First World War forced him to stay for four years and the resulting work he produced was seen as pioneering.

Some 25 years after his death, his newly-published diaries revealed that he actually reviled the islanders and dismissed them as backward savages. The revelation rocked the reputation of both Malinowski and anthropology itself. This film returns to the islands to explore Malinowski’s story and its legacy.

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