Educational film about Cyprus - landscape, people, work, traditions etc.
A Pro Patria presentation. Produced by British Instructional Films Ltd.
Car drives along a country road. Two men in the back of the car look at a map of Cyprus. Camels carry men and goods. Old Turkish aqueduct. Mountains. Landscapes. Monastery of the Orthodox church. Priests pass through an archway. Mountain peasants. Beehive ovens where woman bakes bread. Primitive water well. Compared to an H.G. Robinson invention. Washing clothes in a stream. Children go to school. Bell is being rung by a small child - he climbs down a stepladder. Woman spins silk and cotton by hand. Weaving. Women make Cyprus lace. C/U of the very fine work. Village potter works on a wheel. C/U of hands and feet operating the wheel. He glazes the pots. Chair makers sit in the sunshine and work. They use primitive tools and a simple lathe. Cedar forests. Logs being sent down shoots to saw mills. Sheep.
Cattle pull a primitive type of threshing board. C/U of wooden boards. Hemp is cleaned by beating. Women twist the hemp into threads and the threads into rope. Comment is made about their patchwork sleeves being fashionable on the island. Roads flooded after heavy rain. Women pick tobacco. The leaves are strung on a line, then hung in the sun to be "cured". Women sort the leaves. Olive groves. Men and women pick the olives. Olives are crushed - a mule and men pull the millstone around. Apple orchards - apples are weighed. Women pick apples. Their costumes are described. A wedding procession. Men fire guns in the air. Joke made about marriage (the groom couldn't be the bald headed musician as he looks "far too happy"!) Musicians procession. Many people carry wedding gifts. Men perform a traditional dance. Sun sets over the mosque. Dawn breaks over the salt lakes.
Note: print is quite badly scratched.