Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale
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Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale
In 1955, artist, author, and anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum fulfilled a life-long dream by visiting the jungles of Peru. Seven months later, the New York native returned with remarkable tales of living with a tribe of cannibals, watching their murderous raids on other tribes, and even eating human flesh with them. In 1999, Schneebaum returned to Peru at the age of 78 with a camera crew in tow in hopes of finding the cannibals he lived with many years before. While Schneebaum prepares for his journey, he lectures on the rituals and lifestyles of indigenous peoples, shares his views on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Shapiros ... ultimately reveal a frail but mentally robust old man whose gnawing hunger for knowledge led him to shun a safe, comfortable career in art for a series of radically transformative experiences at the world's edges."
‑ Steven Mikulan, L.A. Weekly
"There's no denying the warmth of Schneebaum's encounters, or his engaging nature. Or the fact that you've never seen a documentary quite like this one, and aren't likely to again."
‑ , Boston Globe
"A moving portrait of an astounding life."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"An engaging testimony to the courage of one man's quest into the unknown."
‑ Luisa F. Ribeiro, Boxoffice Magazine
"May be a film of missed opportunities and unanswered questions, but it has an unsinkable man at its center who is never less than transfixing."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A fascinating if somewhat unfocused documentary."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Makes for fascinating, compelling viewing."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"... takes you to where Tobias Schneebaum has been and in an engrossing manner lets you see why he went there."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Along the way, Schneebaum reverts from a lonely old man singing for his supper in the salons of New York to the adventurer he once was and apparently will always be. And this metamorphosis is the film's real discovery."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The film mostly succeeds, and that's thanks to Schneebaum himself, who has an extraordinary screen presence."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Schneebaum, a dull and helpless-looking nonentity at first glance, proves to be an amazingly courageous, inquisitive, remarkable man."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"What begins as a curious document, then, evolves into something more."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Intriguing if somewhat leisurely documentary on anthropologist/artist Tobias Schneebaum."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"What's really intriguing is the journey into a man's heart and intellect."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"a spiritually uplifting outlook on life"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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