31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
excellent intro to missions and Ecuadorian history,
This review is from: Through Gates of Splendor (DVD)
This movie accurately explains why and how the 1950s tragedy happened, and why those who lived through it call it God's plan for blessing. Hearing the accounts from the 5 wives' point of view and seeing the men's primary source video, helps to piece the story together through the lens of family. Recent video enlightens the viewer to show differences between "now" and "then." Being able to hear the tribal folks' point of view is a treat, as well. They speak in Huaorani with English subtitles.
Also interesting are the anthropological tidbits from anthropologists who had studied the Huaorani as well as other "untouched" ethnic groups in Africa and the Pacific. The cultural contrasts and comparisons were fascinating.
This story is entertaining, gripping, true, and thought-provoking. A good starting point in discovery of the past, present, and future of the Amazonian tribes in Ecuador.