By continuing to use this website, you agree to the use of cookies in order to offer you content and services that are tailored to your interests.

[Find out more][OK]
Sky Above and Mud Beneath

Sky Above and Mud Beneath

A Feature film by Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau

Produced by Ardennes Films

Release in France : 05/05/1961

    Synopsis

    In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea, now West Papua or Irian Jaya, to trek north to the far side of the island. The journey (450 miles, as a crow flies) across unmapped territory took seven months; three Muyu porters died. Near both coasts, the expedition met villagers who invited them to observe rituals and live with them. In the interior, all villagers kept them at bay, and they depended on air lifts from Hollandia for food and supplies. They climbed above 10,000 feet, built 14 bridges, and fought leeches and malaria. The narrator focuses on describing Stone Age savages, headhunters, and cannibals.

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ardennes Films

    Foreign production company :

    Michael Arthur Films

    Co-production :

    Société Parisienne de Cinéma (SPC)

    French distribution :

    Rank

    Full credits (5)

    Executive Producers :

    Marc Boureau, René Lafuite

    Co-producer :

    Arthur Cohn

    Editor :

    Georges Arnstam

    Foreign Producer :

    Michael Arthur

    Director of Photography :

    Gilbert Sarthre

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Lichtenstein

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1961

    French release :

    05/05/1961

    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    22589

    Visa issue date :

    29/03/1961

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (3)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Academy Awards - 1962

    Academy Awards (United States, 1962)

    Selection

    Nomination for Best Documentary

    Awards

    Academy Awards - 1962

    Academy Awards (United States, 1962)

    Awards

    Academy Award for Best Feature Dosumentary