• Short Summary

    Queen Elizabeth II visits Bo and Kenema, and also sees a diamond mine. Sierra Leone.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Bo Durbar".

    Sierra Leone. - Queen Elizabeth II gets out of her car and meets dignitaries. Various shots of the Queen with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, watching the parade of chiefdoms. M/S of the Africans in costumes. The chiefs are carried in hammocks under a canopy. M/S of one man dressed in a 'devil' outfit which makes him look like a big mop. The Duke laughs. Various shots of people and devils dancing along and playing instruments. One chief gets up and shakes hands with the Queen and Duke, he gets a commemorative medallion then returns to his hammock. Various shots as the parade continues. M/S of Queen at Kenema, she watches two little boys crushing seeds (?) with a big mortar and pestle. M/S of the Queen watching a man weaving, she enters a thatched house. M/S of the two little boys again. She emerges and watches a woman having her hair done while she breast feeds her baby, the Queen looks in a shack covered with leaves. She approaches a group of men and watches them playing a game - they have to knock each others spinning tops off a mat.

    M/S of the Queen visiting the Alluvial diamond mine at Hanger (?) the men and boys chant and sing whilst they work and dig out the earth in a big pit, they sift the muddy water and stones to find the diamonds. The Queen watches and is shown one of the diamonds. C/U of the diamonds in a man's hand. Various shots of the men at work as the Queen watches, she looks closely at the diamonds. Various shots of the Queen at Port Loko she sits on a platform and watches traditional dancing to drum and bell music. Various shots of the ornate costumes and tribal markings. Topless women do a traditional dance.
    M/S of fairylights on a tree, the camera pans down to the Queen in formal gown for state banquet in grounds of Paramount hotel. L/S of the guests. Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai makes a speech, the Queen stands up to reply. People applaud, various shots of the guests. M/S looking out over bay, the Queen walks along at a garden party with the Prime Minister, she meets various people. Various shots of the Queen and Duke meeting people. Good C/U of her chatting and smiling. Colour version in Docs material PM1211- MD.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:45:00 / 01:09:34:00

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