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John Frum Superstar : images du culte du cargo à Tanna (Vanuatu)

Abstract : The island of Tanna has attracted successive generations of filmmakers. Most of them have been invariably fascinated by the story of John Frum, a supernatural figure whose prophecies gave rise during World War Two to a huge indigenous movement of social protest. This paper analyses how these productions, through presenting the John Frum movement as a perfect expression the weird South Pacific “cargo cults”, actively contributed to shape the image of Tanna and its inhabitants for a worldwide audience. An analyze of these influences will also focus on how this films are perceived by the Tannese, since they themselves became spectators, actors and producers in this film-making process.
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Submitted on : Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 11:23:53 AM
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Marc Tabani. John Frum Superstar : images du culte du cargo à Tanna (Vanuatu). Journal de la Société des Océanistes, Société des Océanistes, 2019. ⟨hal-02178872⟩



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