Rodolphe Burger will perform his musical interpretation of the 1914 silent-movie masterpiece – In the Land of the Head Hunters. Mixing electronic and Native American music, Burger improvises the score for this rare movie, a Native American version of Romeo and Juliet, where love leads to war and murder. ‘Lost’ since the 1940s, the movie was painstakingly reconstructed from the original reels by UCLA Film and Television Archive for the movie’s 100th anniversary.
In the Land of the Head Hunters is one of the first feature-length dramas ever made. The movie stars members of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) tribe of British Columbia (Canada). This haunting melodrama, set before Europeans arrived on the North Pacific Coast, tells the story of a warrior’s spiritual journey, of love won and lost, and of a battle between tribes to save the warrior’s bride.