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Becoming a Man in Melanesia

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Becoming a Man in Melanesia follows the epic ordeals of two young men who live on sepaarate islands. And though they will never meet each other, they share a common, singular goal: to make the difficult passage into manhood. Each will face a grueling initiation ritual. Success will mean new status and responsabilities within each boy’s tribe – but success isn’t  guaranteed. If they fail, they will remain children within their community.

To achieve this adult status in Melanesia, Junior from Kontu island in Papua has to capture a shark armed only with a lasso and a propeller, whereas Wabak from Pentecost island in Vanuatu has to jump from a wooden tower, his ankle bound with thick vines…

Two ordeals, each with the same goal: becoming a man.

2004, 52 min

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