Secrets of the Dead: The Airmen and the Headhunters

Overview

The story of a WWII U.S. bomber crew that, after its plane was downed over Borneo by Japanese antiaircraft fire, was taken in by the infamous Dakar tribe, which was known for headhunting. The documentary features archival footage and dramatic re-creations as well as remarks from the last surviving crew member, Dan Illerich, members of the Dakar tribe, and historian Judith Heimann, whose book The Airmen and the Headhunters inspired the program. ~ Jeff Gemmill
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Overview

The story of a WWII U.S. bomber crew that, after its plane was downed over Borneo by Japanese antiaircraft fire, was taken in by the infamous Dakar tribe, which was known for headhunting. The documentary features archival footage and dramatic re-creations as well as remarks from the last surviving crew member, Dan Illerich, members of the Dakar tribe, and historian Judith Heimann, whose book The Airmen and the Headhunters inspired the program. ~ Jeff Gemmill
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • UPC: 841887011402
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,556

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liev Schreiber Voice Only
Technical Credits
Mark Radice Director, Producer
Jared Lipworth Executive Producer
Harry Marshall Executive Producer
Laura Marshall Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secrets of the Dead: The Airmen and the Headhunters
1. Introduction [1:00]
2. Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire [8:57]
3. The "Wild Men" of Borneo [9:33]
4. Their Ancient Bloody Ritual [9:22]
5. Special Unit Z-Force [10:47]
6. Embracing the Local Customs [5:27]
7. An Ingenious Air Strip [7:13]
8. Credits [1:15]
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Disc #1 -- Secrets of the Dead: The Airmen and the Headhunters
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