Film of guatemala, which is designed to serve as a background piece for the recent meeting of President Kennedy and Presidents of Six Central American Republics.
Various shots rioting in Guatemala City
Poor housing-several shots
Truckload of bananas
Bananas on trees
Harvesters working on sugar cane (2 shots)
Sales lined up
Sign on building
Sign-alliance for Progress Project-handshake
Bus down poor road
Truck along poor road
Billboard "General Tire Plant"
Rubber onto rollers
Men working out truck tires
Man wheeling out tires
Crowd in street at school dedication
President Ydigoras shaking in hands
President Ydigoras walking in crowd
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Background: Film of guatemala, which is designed to serve as a background piece for the recent meeting of President Kennedy and Presidents of Six Central American Republics.
The six republics are working on an American common market and have removed barriers between their borders for 95 percent of
Guatemala, with a population of almost 4 million persons has a history of violent political upheaval, miserable living conditions, economics largely dependent on single agricultural products, narrow ownership of vast amounts of land.The aim of the central America market and the alliance for progress is to encourage wider land ownership and encourage growth of foods now imported.In Guatemala, half the land is owned by one percent of the population and the wealthy land owners oppose the alliance's model farm projects.One alliance project tuned over to Guatemala isn't working.Because the government has failed to impose taxes, it cannot build roads, so they remain primitive.One plant, built by the U.S.General tire corp.Is producing truck and automobile tires which Guatemala can sell to other countries.The most promising headway in Guatemala has been the development of new schools.Seven out of 10 adults are illiterate and half a million children have no school rooms.The Alliance has helped build hundreds of new schools and President Miguel Ydigoras has officiated at the opening of nearly all of them.