Waiting for John Frum: Cargo Cult of the South Pacific | When God is An American Soldier Documentary

Published on Nov 19, 2021
The Cargo Cult of Tanna in the South Pacific have been waiting for John Frum for over a hundred years now.

If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it a miracle when you first saw one? When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America’s fantastic cargo - planes, trucks, canned food. They thought such goods could only come from the Gods. Led by the mysterious prophet John Frum, a religion was born.

David Attenborough explores a cult devoted to John Frum, an American soldier, known globally as the 'Cargo Cult'. The John Frum movement still exists in one village on the island of Vanuatu. ‘Waiting for John’ explores this extraordinary religion from the perspective of the last villagers as they stuggle to preserve their way of life in the face of outside pressure and internal conflict. In the process, it asks ‘where do our prophets come from’? And what makes people believe?


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