Best of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival begins with 'Cyrus,' 'Four Lions' and 'The Kids Are All Right'
What other new films made the list?
"Secrets of the Tribe"
"Bus 174" director Jose Padila turns his gaze on a group of people who make their livings observing other people. The tribe in the title of "Secrets of the Tribe" is the international collective of anthropologists who have butted heads in their study and interpretation of South America's Yanomami Indians. It's a fascinating glimpse at anthropological ethnics, academic competitiveness and the savagery of a group of people most of us would consider civilized. Over the gripping run of the documentary, earmarked for an HBO premiere, Padilha watches as a group of scholars lob charges ranging from statistical fraud to sexual impropriety to genocide. All the while, we see how the Yanomami changed these researchers and how the researchers changed the Yanomami and, by the end, I was convinced that both groups were the worse for the exposure.
- Daniel Fienberg