This is the classic film of cultural confrontation, as compelling today as when first released more than 20 years ago.
Columbus and Cortez left no visual record of their first contact with the New World, but when Australia's gold prospecting Leahy brothers first penetrated the unexplored New Guinea Highlands in the 1930s, they carried a camera, capturing on film the last great confrontation between two cultures that will ever again take place on Earth. The people they encountered had no concept of human life beyond their valleys. This amazing footage forms the basis of First Contact, along with eyewitness testimony from the surviving participants, white and black.
First Contact is one of those rare films that holds an audience spellbound. Humour and pathos are combined in this classic story of colonialism, told by the people who were there.