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    Cocoa farming and processing in South Africa.

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    Colonial Cocoa Plantation, South Africa.

    Cocoa farming & processing on plantation - some good footage. Opens with shot of cocoa tree - the ripe fruit pods ready for harvest. A few African men sit on the ground cracking pods with mallet & tossing them to other men who open them. Shot of man using long-handled tool to spread the fruit over a large & rather rickety-looking table.

    A long line of African women and men walking up a dirt path carrying bags of cocoa beans on their heads. People walking through forest in single file. Shot of women walking across log stretched over ravine in the forest, she is followed by woman carrying baby on her back.

    Cars driving down road, passing a few small buildings, a man on bicycle and a few pedestrians. Shot of men dumping bags of cocoa beans into separate piles. Another group of men rake the beans, spreading them into an even thin layer.

    Wide shot port from where the beans are shipped. Pan over area: many bags & crates stacked up on shore, workers carrying more crates, rowboats farther down on beach and long shed, pier stretching out and cargo ships farther out in the harbour.

    Closer shot of men working, carrying heavy bags. Loading bags onto rowboats, launching boat,; other crews returning in rowboats after delivering cargo to ship.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:41:00 / 01:55:29:00
    ON 355 A

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