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Cracks in the mask

Author: Frances CalvertLindsey MerrisonEphraim BaniTalking Pictures.SBS Independent.All authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : First Run/Icarus Films, [1997]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The mysterious and elaborate turtleshell masks collected last century in Torres Strait in far north Australia are unique and irreplaceable, yet there are now none left in Torres Strait. They are all in foreign museums. Ephraim Bani, a witty and knowledgeable Torres Strait Islander and an expert on his people's myths and legends, sets out on a voyage of discovery to the great museums of Europe where his cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Feature films
Nonfiction films
Named Person: Ephraim Bani
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Calvert; Lindsey Merrison; Ephraim Bani; Talking Pictures.; SBS Independent.; First Run/Icarus Films.
OCLC Number: 73514694
Performer(s): Diary written and narrated by Ephraim Bani.
Description: 1 videodisc (58 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R (may not play in all DVD players or drives).
Responsibility: produced by Talking Pictures Frances Calvert in association with SBS Independent, Australia ; written and directed by Frances Calvert ; produced by Lindsey Merrison and Frances Calvert.

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"The mysterious and elaborate turtleshell masks collected last century in Torres Strait in far north Australia are unique and irreplaceable, yet there are now none left in Torres Strait. They are all in foreign museums. Ephraim Bani, a witty and knowledgeable Torres Strait Islander and an expert on his people's myths and legends, sets out on a voyage of discovery to the great museums of Europe where his cultural heritage now lies. The film asks: what happens when he encounters and mediates on his patrimony and secondly, what consequences does this hold for us in the West? Going beyond the overly familiar arguments about pillage and art-theft, three avant-garde curators provide thought-provoking and sometimes surprising challenges to museums in the West and how they reflect our cultural proclivities. The film shows how museums decontextualize cultures--the so-called 'poetics of detachment'--and exclude the very people whose ancestors created the objects in the first place"--Container.

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