Educational film about the cotton industry in Egypt.
A British Instructional Film presentation - HOW COTTON IS GROWN (EGYPT)
A graphic map of the world shows the main cotton growing countries through arrows and pie chart illustrations. Egypt is chosen as focus for the film. Shots of an Egyptian landscape. Land is prepared for cotton by ploughing - a man drives a tractor which pulls a small plough. Women carry baskets on their heads and shoulders. A wooden plough is pulled by two cows. Men use picks to make even furrows in the ground. Irrigation process is illustrated. Canals. Cotton seed is sown by a group of men. C/U of the seed being sown by hand. C/U of sapling and shots of the fields with small plants growing. Men hoeing between the rows of plants. Group of men working in the fields with hand hoes.
Women and children crouch down and take the tips off leaves as they walk along. These are then thrown into a fire. Shot of the field with cotton growing. C/U of branches showing cotton then of the flowers and buds. A bud being opened. Men and women picking the cotton. The cotton is placed into large bales. A group of children sit by opened cotton bales "fluffing up" the cotton as camels are led past laden with sacks of cotton. Cotton is taken from large pile to a small rotating machine. Handfuls of cotton are thrown into the barrel. Cotton is piled into a hanging sack. A man stands inside it and presses it down with his feet. Sacks are loaded on to a barrow and wheeled away.