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A Review of Kuru: The Science and Sorcery (2010)
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Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery is a 2010 documentary about the brain disease indigenous to the Fore area in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It follows the work and research of Professor Michael Alpers; the current world authority on the disease, and others who contributed to understanding and controlling it.
Professor Alpers graduated from Adelaide, Australia and came to the rugged terrains of Eastern Highlands to study the mysterious disease called the ‘laughing death’ in 1961. The documentary retraces his almost 50 year relationship with the Fore people and how they have come to view.
The film also sees the disease from the perspective of the local Fore people and how they had incorporated it into their beliefs in superstition and sorcery. It gives a fair representation of the local aspect while focusing on the science.
The documentary was first aired on SBS in December of 2010.
I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in the history of the disease and the science behind its discovery.
Kuru - The Science and The Sorcery. Two nobel prizes. 50 years of research. Over 50,000 feet of archive film.
- Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery (2010) - IMDb
Directed by Rob Bygott. With Russ Harris, Michael Alpers, Pako Ombeya, Atenamu Bavasa.
- SBS - Special Broadcasting Service
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Ground Zero for Kuru
This area is where the disease was first recorded.