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Let Us Persevere in What We Have Resolved Before We Forget2013

  • 3.5
"John Frum prophesied the occurrence of a cataclysm in which Tanna would become flat, the volcanic mountains would fall and fill the river-beds to form fertile plains, and Tanna would be joined to the neighbouring islands of Eromanga and Aneityum to form a new island. Then John Frum would reveal himself, bringing in a reign of bliss, the natives would get back their youth and there would be no sickness; there would be no need to care for gardens, trees or pigs. The Whites would go; John Frum would set up schools to replace mission schools, and would pay chiefs and teachers." - Peter Worsley, "The Trumpet Shall Sound"

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As this subject matter is of extreme interest to me, I found this strange, short documentary to be enjoyable in its exposure of the odd lives of the members of the John Frum cult. However, on the flip side, given my interest I would have much preferred an in-depth examination of these people. I appreciate laying bare the raw facts and allowing me, the viewer to draw conclusions for myself but I was I suppose hoping for an analytical perspective on cargo cults and the history of this one in particular, as well as perhaps some delving into the personal and cultural elements of life on Vanuatu.

The camera admits cargo. Nature speaks through the mouth of culture. Rhythmic juxtaposition of sound and image. A volcano flexes.