Bruno Manser is a well-known figure in Switzerland but not so much elsewhere. He was a shepherd in the Swiss Alps who became a nomadic hunter among the Penan people of the Borneo rainforests. This film traces his life story. Only a few dozen Penan still live as hunter-gatherers today, but this film is set in the 80s and 90s when things were very different.
Pizza from 6.30pm Film at 7.15pm
Cost: $8 / Pizza $10
(Before or after this film I really recommend reading The Last Wild Men of Borneo by Carl Hoffman, 2018. Its a biography of Bruno Manser and explores his time with the Penan – its also one of my favourite books.)
None of us can travel at the moment, but if you like travelling come and enjoy a series of documentaries on ways of life very far from suburban Australia. Come to the jungles of Sumatra, the steppes of Mongolia, the savannah of East Africa, and the ice of the Arctic, to witness ways of life of the traditional people of these places. Most of the documentaries were shot on 16mm in the 1970s, and even if you could visit the same places today many of the people you would meet would now own smartphones and in some cases have moved to cities. This will be a monthly series.
November’s film takes us to the world of the Yanomamo of the Amazon basin, and follows their relationships, socialising and storytelling, and hunting traditions.