This film showcases the ritual fire dance of the Baining tribe, a group indigenous to East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Several times a year, the tribes comes together after three days of preparation. The ensuing celebration features a huge fire, dancing, masks, and costumes. The elaborate masks are particularly interesting, as they are laboriously constructed from natural materials found locally and used for just one festival before being discarded. “Papua New Guinea: The Fire Dance” invites you to witness this beautiful and elusive event for yourself.
Screening time: Saturday, May 16th, 9:40-10:07, Shedd Institute Recital Hall
Length: 27 mins.
Directors: Agnes Molia and Mikael Lefrancois
Producer: Tournez S'il Vous Plait
Distributor: ARTE France