Almost immediately upon its release in 1964, Robert Gardner’s Dead Birds—cataloging the ritual tribal warfare of the Dani people of New Guinea— was recognized as an instant classic in ethnographic documentary filmmaking, and now, fifty years later, remains the gold standard for the genre. All well and good for Robert Gardner, but what happened to the Dani?
Robert Gardner asked himself that same question, and will be in person at the HFA to explain how that motivated him to release a follow-up all these decades later.
[Fri 10.11.13. 24 Quincy St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 7pm/NR/Free. harvard.edu]