A trip to the Canary Islands to look at rural life.
An island of perpetual springtime, Pathe Pictorial shows us life in Las Palmas - locals dancing in traditional dress, girls doing needlework in the open air - making lace embroidery. We see activities at a tomato farm, and at a banana plantation, with close shots of half ripe hands of fruit, flower buds being trimmed and fruit being picked. Next we see a tourist at Las Palmas airport taking a huge bunch of bananas onto a plane. A Sabena jet takes off and another is seen taxiing
A rural farmer is shown ploughing the land with a traditional ox and plough, and another leads a donkey up the street with a large burden of canes. Shots of the mountains, houses, beautiful coast with unspoilt beaches, are followed by a beach crammed with holiday makers. A girl has a huge straw hat. Some tourist children play in the edge of the water.
This is contrasted by a sequence showing the poverty and simple life of the locals showing fishermen in small rowing boats pulling them up the beach. The women share out the catch - mostly sardines, and they carry off the baskets on their heads. The men sort out the nets. This is at Puerto de las Nieves. Elsewhere, women are shown in a line washing on stones. Some people live in cave dwellings in the rocks, where we see a woman with child, various locals and the church. We finally see a sequence with locals dancing in traditional dress in the main square, with others playing guitar, and people watching.
Note: there are some wonderful rugged faces in this item .
41' of picture neg missing at the start of the story. No print available for this item.