Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale

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Released 1999

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Director:
David Shapiro , Laurie Shapiro
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale is a 2000 biographical documentary about mild-mannered Tobias Schneebaum and his surprising adventures as an anthropologist. Almost 80 years old, afflicted with Parkinson's disease, this gay New Yorker has worked as a painter, college lecturer and art historian but in his younger years spent time in primitive New Guinea and the Peruvian jungle. While there, he joined a cannibalistic tribe, participating in their sexual practices and the eating of human flesh. Directors David and Laurie Gwen Shapiro follow Tobias as he retraces his early journey, while also capturing his Manhattan existence and friends like author Norman Mailer. The film also looks at the controversy he inspired from fellow scholars or journalists like Charlie Rose and Mike Douglas, who question his willingness to take part in the primitive rituals. This multifaceted portrait of a most unusual American character won the Truer Than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

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    Documentary, Travel

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    Biography, Independent, Culture