8 oct. 2011

Tribe (Going Tribal)

TV SERIES REVIEW 
Title: Tribe (Going Tribal) 
Year: 2005 
Running time: 60 minutes each episode 
Country: UK 
Plot summary:
Tribe (known as Going Tribal in the United States) is a documentary television series co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and hosted by former British Royal Marine Bruce Parry.
In each series, Parry visits a number of remote tribes in such locales as the Himalayas, Ethiopia, West Papua, Gabon and Mongolia, spending a month living and interacting with each society. While there, Parry adopts the methods and practices of his hosts, participating in their rituals and exploring their cultural norms. This often enables him to form personal bonds with the members of each tribe.
Parry tries to learn the basics of the tribe's language but is also accompanied by a translator.
The series is co-produced by BBC Wales and the Discovery Channel. A second series aired in July, 2006 and the third began on 21 August 2007 on BBC2, and ended on 25 September 2007.
Parry was awarded the BAFTA Cymru "Best On-Screen Presenter" award in 2008 for his work on the 'Penan' Episode. A BAFTA Cymru "Best Camera: Not Drama" award was also awarded for Gavin Searle's work in the same episode.

Tribe (Going Tribal) follows former Royal Marine and expedition leader Bruce Parry as he tests the physical limits of living with ancient tribes in some of the world's most remote areas.
Parry sheds social trappings (and sometimes his Western clothes) by living alongside people from the virtually unexplored areas of the Himalayas, Ethiopia, West Papua, Gabon and Mongolia. To the degree possible, while spending a month immersed in each society, Parry also tries to adopt the methods and practices of his hosts.
Parry enthusiastically embraces jungle hunting and the rituals of the warrior, being taught by strangers how to survive using bows, arrows, blowpipes, dogs, spears, traps, snares and clubs. He must cook and eat his catch using traditional methods such as hot stones, waxy leaves and bamboo pots.
Parry is accompanied by a translator, but learns the basics of tribal language. The series is accompanied by subtitles. Viewers hear unique languages and watch the sometimes-graphic practices of living and surviving in the jungle among some of the world's disappearing cultures.
Going Tribal is co-produced by the BBC Wales and the Discovery Channel.

Series 1
#          UK Title           US Title           Plot
1          Adi       Lost Tribe: The Adis   Travelling to north eastern India. The episode involves the sacrifice of a bull.
2          Suri     Dangerous Game: The Suri  Parry travelled to Ethiopia.
3          Kombai           Living with Cannibals Parry travelled to West Papua.
4          Babongo         African Vision Quest  Parry travelled to Gabon.
5          Darhad            Horse Masters of Mongolia    Parry travelled to Mongolia. He witnessed a shamanic ritual.
6          Sanema          Waking the Spirits      Parry travelled to Brazil. He took part in a ritual involving hallucinogenic drugs.

Series 2
#          UK Title           US Title           Plot
7          Nyangatom     Return to Africa          Parry returned to Ethiopia, to stay with the tribe who are sworn enemies of the Suri, whom Parry had met in the previous series.
8          Hamar Rites of Passage: The Hamar           Parry stayed in Ethiopia.
9          Dassanech     Crocodile Hunting       Parry again remained in Ethiopia.

Series 3
#          UK Title           US Title           Plot
10        Matis   Hunting with the Jaguar Tribe            Parry visited Brazil in South America.
11        Nenets            Nomads of the Siberian Tundra        Parry travelled to Russia.
12        Anuta   Lost Island of Anuta    Parry travelled to the Solomon Islands.
13        Akie     Life in the African Bush: The Akie      Parry travelled to Tanzania in Africa.
14        Layap  Journey to the Clouds: Bhutan          Parry travelled to Bhutan in Asia.
15        Penan Ghosts of the Forest  Parry travelled to Sarawak, Borneo.

About Bruce Parry:
Commissioned by the British Royal Marines in May 1988, Bruce Parry completed one year of management, leadership and commando training before spending several years as a troop commander.
In the Royal Marines, Parry specialized as a physical training instructor and became the youngest officer ever to be in charge of all physical aspects of Royal Marines commando training. He also served in Norway and Iraq before retiring as a lieutenant after six years of service.
As an expeditioner, the 35-year-old resident of England has personally organized and led more than 15 major expeditions to extreme parts of the world. Parry has extensive remote experience in the desert, arctic, jungle and mountains.
In film and television productions, Parry has worked as a location manager, assistant director, camera operator, director and host.
In addition, Parry hosted BBC's Extreme Lives: Cannibals and Crampons, the award-winning film about his journey into the heart of Irian Jaya, and he has recently appeared in an award-winning kids' series called Serious Jungle.

© Text and image: Discovery Channel, BBC

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