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  • Short Summary

    Long documentary about life in British Guiana - good shots of men at work.

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    Reel 2.

    Industries of British Guiana. Demerara sugar. Plantation workers climb aboard a train/tractor contraption to take them to work. We see some labourer's cottages in the countryside. Then we see a newly reaped corn field. Workers sit by the side of a river. The ground is ploughed b a tractor pulling a plough.

    A man cuts sugar cane with a simple hand tool. Workers in the field cut cane with scythes. Cane is loaded into punts which are towed down the canal by donkeys to the factory. Cane is transported to the milling plant by a conveyor belt. Top shot of several punts filled with sugar cane. Cane is loaded onto belt by a winch. Grooved rollers give the cane a preliminary crushing. Interior of factory. Processes are shown. C/U of roller mills which squeeze out the juice. The fibre from the cane stalks is collected and used as fuel for boiler furnaces. Juice is heated to remove impurities.

    Man in pith helmet inspects a sample. The clear juice is concentrated in vacuum pans. Thick substance called massecuite is result - this is separated into molasses and pure sugar by a centrifugal machine. Tests are made at every stage of the process. We see two men in a laboratory. Molasses is poured on to a piece of paper, a pile of sugar is tested by picking up with the fingers to test the texture. Bagging, loading and shipping keep large number of people employed. We see men performing these tasks. Loading sacks of sugar up by a ship's gangplank. These are then lifted on to the boat.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:28:17:00 / 01:40:12:00

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