Why Ostrich Feathers Leave Home 1931

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    No title. South Africa.

    M/S of baby ostriches hatching from eggs. A man picks up an un-hatched egg. M/S of large group of ostriches running towards the camera along a country path. M/S of cowboys rounding up herd of ostrich. Various shots of ostriches on the farm. "To get Eve's feathers, though, you must first catch the grower - " Man grabs ostrich by the head (looks a bit cruel). Two men wrestle with the beast. M/S of men plucking feathers off a live ostrich which has a bag tied over its head. The bag is taken off and the bird released. Black workers gather up the feathers. This all looks very barbaric, the men seem to be cutting large part of the ostrich's wings off.

    "And here's a queer place - the feather market of Port Elizabeth - the chief departure point for ostrich feathers leaving home. Various shots of the interior of the feather market. Men look at piles of feathers. "The only things given a weigh here - " M/S of feathers being weighed.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 545.

    Note: flash-frame intertitles.

    Safety print exists.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1931
    Sound:
    Mute
    Media URN:
    16845
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    948.19
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:47:03:00 / 01:49:11:00
    Canister:
    EP 224
    Sort Number:
    EP 224
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