A visit to Morocco, Thailand and Lesotho.
The story opens with views of a Roman ruin in Morocco, called Hassan's tower. A white prayer flag is raised, and a man dressed in Moslem robes makes a call to prayer. The view is seen below of Sale and Rabat and the sea in the background. A man rides a donkey, followed by another shot of a donkey carrying two people, while other pilgrims walk along beside. In the town, a carriage passes by driven by two horses. C/U feet on a path, some wear flip flops. M/S of the village of Moulay Idriss, with its sacred mosque. People make pilgrimages there every year. We follow a man riding on a donkey through the archways of the Moroccan streets. There are stalls selling bottles and corks, and spices. The camera comes to a barrier, beyond which is the enclosed sacred part of the village. (01:10:01)
M/S of the Thai temple with statues and ornament, pan to girls performing the traditional Thai nail dance to open the ceremony of Khatin. Students take part in a carnival to raise money for charity. One float has two traditional 'money trees' on it, covered in notes instead of leaves. Money and gifts are collected for the Buddhist monks. There are good shots of the girls in traditional dress, with their long false nails, dancing in the streets. The students make their way to the Flight of 1000 Steps, with its dragon statues. Some have huge umbrellas. They arrive at the temple and kneel and pray to make their offerings to the monks dressed in their saffron robes. There is a brief shot of a statue of Buddha (01:13:16)
Open air school, with a male teacher wearing a interesting straw hat, teaching a group of children using a blackboard, which has a clock drawn on it. The children recite and write in schoolbooks. There are various shots of children working picking vegetables. Some help prepare food, C/U cutting up leeks into a huge bowl. A huge pot is stirred and the children line up with tins to get their meal. They squat and eat their food with their hands from the tins. A white woman and a black woman help serve the children
Note : the school is assisted by the Save the Children Fund. Cuts exists - see separate record.