Trobriand Cricket


Ritualised transformation of the game of cricket by the Trobriand islanders of New Guinea.

SKU: 537
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Producer: Jerry Leach and Gary Kildea,
Year Produced: 1976
Running time: 52 minutes
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Classic film about the transformation of British cricket into a unique sport and political ritual among the Trobriand islanders, who live off the coast of New Guinea. The game includes war dress, chants and dances after each dismissal, and a convention which allows the host team formally to win. It became a substitute for warfare between the tribes. Teams can have any number of players. Cricket is one of the political processes used by important leaders to increase their renown. Winner of the George Sadoul Prize in Paris in 1976 and has been shown on television.

This film was made in 1976, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as an interesting historic record.

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