James Krippendorf is a well-renowned anthropologist who's been struggling to support his three children, alone. For the last two years, he has been living off grant money from the university to find a lost tribe in New Guinea. Now, they want him to give a presentation of his findings; unfortunately, he has found nothing. There is no tribe, there is no money, and soon, for him, there will be no job. So, he lies about the newfound tribe, the Shelmikedmu, and falls farther and farther into a hole. And, he gives such unusual clues that they want him to broadcast his documentation: film. In a matter of days, he must make a tribe of his own, out of his own kids, and fool an entire nation.
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