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Explorers Club: Modern Times Too - A documentary on Papua New Guinea
Mon, April 24, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with George Sirk
Modern Times Too: A documentary on Papua New Guinea
Narrated ‘live’ by George Sirk
In 1981, George Sirk went with two ornithologists, Wayne Longmore, from the Australian Museum, and Brian Finch from the UK, to Papua New Guinea on a birding expedition to the Chambri Lakes and the Bayer River Highlands. The lakes had not been surveyed since the 1930’s and new data was sought by the Museum.
The unaffected authenticity of ‘Modern Times Too’ was a direct result of George’s honest rapport with the Papuans. This, combined with his expertise in the Australasian natural world, will be apparent as he narrates the film with his mesmerizing tales.
George brought his Rollei Super 8mm camera and a limited amount of film to document the Bayer River Highland’s pristine high altitude rainforest habitats, Birds of Paradise (BOP) and hopefully, the annual Papuan dance ritual known as a sing-sing. He recorded the discovery of a Meliphaga Honeyeater’s nest that was, until then, “undescribed” and collected footage of several species of BOPs. It was, however, the documentation of Papuan life that made this film a rare collection indeed.
Ticket price includes Cocktail Reception, Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres and the Presentation.
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Screening & Presentation