Monday, June 18, 2012

Cevin Soling and David Hilbert, co-directors and creators of the award-winning non-fiction film “Ikland,” talk about the Ik tribe of Northern Uganda, once called the worst and most depraved beings on Earth. In 2006, Soling set out with a team of filmmakers to find and film the tribe in Uganda, and discovered that they were actually a community of compassionate people. “Ikland” is playing at the Quad Cinema.


David Hilbert and Cevin Soling,

Comments [4]


No name of the project's critical photojournalist connection? Gone shouldn't mean forgotten.

Jun. 18 2012 01:30 PM
Anne from NYC

I read Turnbull's book and the story is far more complex than presented here. Turnbull did not describe a people who were simply depraved; rather, a people who were being isolated and starved and who had adopted a "survival of the fittest" competition for limited resources. The book raised interesting questions about different reactions to hardship and whether very hard times may make people view generosity a luxury. I think we can see elements of this in our own society's reaction to the recession and the harshness some of our population feels toward the less fortunate who are treated as a drag on the country.

Turnbull's book was criticized after it came out, especially by the Ik themselves. Every ethnography is just one person's perception of a people and needs to be verified by other evidence. It would be interesting to know more about whether the hardships experienced by the Ik have changed since the book was written, how they have adapted to the world around them, and what their current relation is to Uganda, which is a very different place than it was 40 years ago.

Jun. 18 2012 01:06 PM
MC from manhattan

They sound like the Tea Party/ libertarian/Ann Ryand paradise ... remember the mob that yelled "Let them die" when Ron Paul was asked about health care issues at a Republican Debate? na d Paul just looked at the crowd and said ... NOTHING?
This is a Republican /libertarian paradise!

Jun. 18 2012 12:47 PM


I was always suspicious of those meat balls at Ikea...

Jun. 18 2012 09:53 AM

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