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Nov 18, 2015

Followers of John Frum on Vanna Island in Vanuatu engage in marching drills with bamboo "muskets"as part of the religion.
Credit Jessica Sherry
(l-r) Chief Isak, head of Lamakara village, and Moli, Chief Isak’s first born son. Chief Isak has been leading the John Frum Movement since 1975. His father was imprisoned for 17 years for vowing to perpetuate the religion.
Credit Jessica Sherry

After World War II ended in the Pacific, anthropologists described up to several hundred semi-religious organizations that had sprung up in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu.  Called “cargo cults,” these believers sought ways to continue delivery of wartime goods and supplies.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a Hawai‘i International Film Festival showing that focuses on what could be the last surviving cargo cult.

Jessica Sherry, documentary filmmaker, director of "Waiting for John."
Credit Noe Tanigawa

“Waiting for John” screens Thursday, November 19 at 3:45pm as part of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival.  

Peruse a full schedule of showings at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival

Find out more about “Waiting for John”, directed by Jessica Sherry.