How far would you go to be accepted? Would you suffer through an extreme initiation to prove your worth? Imagine hanging yourself on fish-hooks, where gravity threatens to rip the flesh from your bones – as an extreme subculture does in Australia. Or having your hands stung hundreds of times in gloves filled with toxic stinging fire ants, to become a man deep in the Amazon jungle.
What if you were forced to push a yard of raw cane into the pit of your stomach, then have your insides ripped out – as the Bena Bena people of Papua New Guinea practice?
This film delves into the rituals that mark the passage from one phase of life to another, tests of bravery and endurance where pain is the price of acceptance and failure means a loss of face or even a loss of life.