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Catalog # 131
Title Lau of Malaita, the
Series Disappearing World Series
Filmmaker Pierre Maranda
Year 1987
Subject Culture
Format VHS
Region South Pacific
Description Produced by ? 1987. ISBN: ? Summary This film focuses on the people of Lau lagoon in the Solomon Islands who live on artificial islands near the island of Malaita. These islands are built of coral rubble and the people moved to them in an attempt to escape the dangers of malaria and enemies, and to find better fishing. The film focuses on change and conflict. The concept of `custom' is vital to the islanders' identity, yet this is being eroded, particularly by Christian missionaries. The conflict between Christian and Pagan now pervades daily life, creating divisions in families and eroding knowledge of traditional life. Two `custom' priests recently committed ritual suicide, one by swimming under a canoe containing women and the other by deliberately making a mistake in a ceremony. Within weeks, both priests physically died. Descript 1 videocassette (51 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in Series Disappearing World Series Cast Filmmaker: Leslie Woodhead Anthropologist: Pierre Maranda Subject Lau lagoon in the Solomon Islands Changes and conflicts due to Christian missionaries