Chief’s Son is Dead, The {Hövdingens son är död} (1938) – dir. Paul Fejos

10:45 mins, b&w, sound: Swedish voice-over and titles, but dialogues in indigenous language.

Production : Svensk Filmindustri

The chief’s son dies on a hunting trip: the shaman is consulted as to the reason why this happened.

One of three short ethnofictions of considerable ethnographic authenticity that Paul Fejos made on Sipora, an island in the Mentawai archipelago, off the west coast of Sumatra, in the course of a lengthy trip around Southeast Asia in 1937-38. The others were The Tribe Lives On and The Bamboo Age of Mentawei.

Text : Petermann (2004)