Who doesn’t love a good ethnographic film about a mysterious tribe? A recently-rediscovered documentary — well, mockumentary — Other Countries, Other Customs: Kayonga Kagame Shows Us The World hones in on this very question as it makes a series “discoveries” about the far-off Alpine tribe, commonly known as the Europeans.
At least, that’s what the film, which pokes enormous fun at the western narrative that for centuries has guided the study of seemingly “other” Africans, purports. The 1994 satire, produced by Australia’s public broadcast outlet SBS, gives viewers an inside look at how ridiculous a colonial “analysis” of another culture can be.
The video is testimony to a universal truth: If dissected closely enough under a microscope, any culture can be reduced to appearing peculiar and crude.
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