Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

In this documentary set in the jungles of Siam, farmer Kru lives with his family, pet goat, a gibbon ape and a water buffalo. Kru’s harvesting is disrupted by a leopard attacking the goat and, later, a tiger killing the water buffalo. Kru and the villagers band together to destroy the animals, only to be attacked by the “chang,” or elephants. After half of the village is destroyed, Kru and the men round up the elephants, then realize they can use them as labor for restoring their rice fields.

Director: Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack.

1929 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production.

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One Comment

  1. Tony Williams
    October 4, 2019
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    Before KING KONG, there were GRASS and CHANG. It is good to see the latter as an example of the fictional ethno-documentary genre that the two talents would put to good effect on Skull Island.

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