Feb 18, 2008


...Or how it could have been if the original "aborigines" were the white guys and the roles between conqueror and conquered were swapped.

This is not a new but a rather old movie from Australia (1987) that I haven't seen yet, but I like already how it was named:

Babakiueria comes from what the "conquerors" understand when they asked how that place was called...it was the "Barbecue Area" and therefore Babakiueria was born.

A sarcastic look at racial stereotypes, Babakiueria was awarded the United Nations Media Peace Prize in 1987. Here is the beginning of the movie:

A 30 minutes video that is not easy to find in the US (not in NetFlix or Blockbuster of course) but apparently still available in several Australian websites, like ABC or BigPond.

Thanks Jarek for the lead!


Clare Talwalker said...

I love this film and used it several times in Cultural Anthropology classes I taught between 2001 and 2005. Now, I would like to use it again (for the lessons in imperialism and racism that it shares) but it feels dated. As absurd as this may sound, I think it would be more credible for my students if the actors were wearing things not so clearly from the 1980s! Does anyone know of another similar film, by any chance, made more recently?

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