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  • Short Summary

    Good footage of life in Afghanistan in the early part of the Twentieth century.

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    Afghanistan. 1910s?

    Opens with shots of men; camels; etc. on road which passes house at angle. Next; 2 Western men mount horses in front of important large white house; they ride away; pass near camera. Afghans and British play field hockey; scenic mountain BG. Shot from high place; pan over large city of old; low buildings with snow-capped mountains in distance. Next; Afghan Army drill; officers review troops in courtyard- -ancient buildings. Interior: man in coat and fez type hat stands in room; in corner a small table with white cloth; books (maybe the Koran?); and a pole with long banner. Pan a row of small X-shaped stands hold more books. Pile of rocks (?) in FG; workers stand nearby; machine like steam-roller in BG. Workers pounding rocks with hand tools. Minerals? Landscape. Livestock grazing at dusk; mountains silhouetted in BG. Scenic mountains. Walled encampment at foot of mountains. Pan up to fort on top of cliff. Busy market in city; trays hanging from awning of stands; men & veiled women shopping.

    Pan over Nomadic tribe in desert. Their dark tents in BG; a few women and children in FG. Closer shot tent, with camel beside it. Group of men & boys of various ages pose for cam. Next; shots of a very primitive looking ferry boat taking truck across river; shots of it landing; Someone on shore pulling the ferry in to dock. Truck drives up hill. Next; looking up a street w/ white buildings on left; park on rt. Focal pt. is a domed building built over the street w. big arch in middle of it. Shot of several men posing.Good shot of market stall selling metalwork crafts- -in front are a bunch of objects which look like hookas (a type of pipe). Merchant poses with children.

    Keywords added April 2011: Good desert shots, empty desert land, sand dunes, barren land.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:15:00 / 01:43:17:00
    ON 362 A

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