Extreme Tribe: The Last Pygmies

Extreme Tribe: The Last Pygmies

Series 1 - Episode 2



It’s not taken long for film-maker Livia Simoka in the Democratic Republic of Congo to get a proposal of marriage.

Handsome Bantu tribesman Prince is both charming and charmed by her (especially by her enthusiasm for his killing of a python). However, he suddenly grabs a Mbendjele man and hauls him off through the jungle, beating him and shouting about a debt. It’s a shocking scene, made worse by hearing Bantus boast they “own” the Mbendjele Pygmies. 

But then this remarkable series isn’t for the faint hearted. A baby boy is circumcised, a chigger worm that’s buried itself into Simoka’s toe to lay its eggs is painfully extricated and there’s domestic violence.


Livia Simoka films a conflict between her hosts and a neighbouring tribe, witnessing at first hand the intimidation and violence the Mbendjele face due to their size. She also sees the theatrical rituals that the Mbendjele practise to help them laugh off adversity.

Cast & Crew

Director Tom Cross
Executive Producer Harry Lansdown
Producer Tom Cross