reference 1 video cassette ( 2 hr. 57 min.) snd. col. video
archival original 8 film reels (6,375 ft.) snd. col. 35mm
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Supplementary materials: written narration
Edited film is a theatrical production filmed in Tahiti using Tahitians in the cast. Film was produced and created by Hollywood cameraman James Knott and his wife, actress Lotus Long. Story involves scientists trying to stop a filaria epidemic spreading through a local population. The doctors try to use western medicine to combat the disease but meet resistence from the local medicine man and chief. The chief's son falls ill from the parasitic worm which causes the disease and negative attitudes quickly change. The young man is cured. Film also includes Tahitian dance and music.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD