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In 1961, a young Australian medical researcher, Michael Alpers, puts up his hand to work on a new and strange disease in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. For Michael it is the beginning of a lifelong obsession. It is the story of the Fore, a people immersed in a culture of cannibalistic mortuary practices and sorcery in one of the most remote and last known regions on the planet, and the tragic disease that threatened to wipe out their entire population. KURU: THE SCIENCE AND THE SORCERY is one of the most incredible and challenging medical detective stories of the 20th century.

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Robert Bygott
Robert Bygott  Peter Du Cane
Francesca Hope  Peter Du Cane
Executive Producers
John Godfrey
Dir. of Photography
Robert Bygott


Michael Alpers - Judy Davis (Narrator)

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Siamese Pty Ltd


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Siamese Pty Ltd

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