Kanu belong Keram is a document of the building of a canoe in the remote village Kambot. It is located at the jungle river Keram, which is a side stream of the great jungle river Sepik in Papua New Guinea. The building of a canoe can be seen as an example of the importance and greatness of community work. Just the strength of many people can achieve something so big and heavy. The indigene population is highly adapted to their environment. The strength of their bodies, the synchronization as a group and practical know how is compensating the lack of technical equipment. The hard work is manifested in their healthy physical appearance. The documentary is without comment but with statements of the appearing villagers. Their English skills is besides their 'Western' cloth an example of outside influence which reached even these very remote areas of our planet. The lifestyle of the remote villages may appear 'primitive' in the sense that they are missing hundreds of years of technical development, but this does not mean that they are feeling a lack of anything. In contrast it shows how much joy can be triggered in hard community work, in archiving something great as a group and by living in a strong link with nature. In contrast their fitness and their joy for life is an example of the wrong idea that 'development' leads automatically to more satisfaction.
Directors: Daniel von Rüdiger
Producers: Elizabeth Cox, Museum der Kulturen Basel