First pictures of peasant life in Soviet Russia since start of Bolshevik rule.
Inside Gates of Soviet Russia.
Titles read: 'Pathe News presents a series of the first pictures taken since the beginning of the Bolshevik rule, showing conditions of peasant life in Soviet Russia. The Pathe News cameraman arrives at Samara, in the heart of the Volga River famine district...'
Soviet Union / USSR.
Samara. Volga River famine district. Tracking shots on river; boats; city in BG - buildings; towers. Title re: need for locomotives. Pan railroad yard; many train cars sit idle. Title re lack transportation. GV peasant market; crowded. Farm stand selling produce; women with big scarves over heads (babushkas) looking over cabbages. Next 2 women in FG: 1 old; 1 young w/ baby; men & boys stare at camera; woman carries heavy sack in; man takes it. Another view in public square - many people sitting on ground; or on bags; by building- both traditional Russian peasant dress & Muslims - women in purdah - man drinking from cup - old man walks past w/ cane; pan right on people walking.
Title re: cholera epidemic. Peasants get vaccinations; at outdoor table. Man w/ shirt off - nurse gives shot in back; makes mark. CU Man takes shirt off; gets vaccine. Woman gets vaccine. Medical. (All people thin.) Title re: government supplies hot water for tea. Line of peasants w/ buckets. CU Women get hot water from tap.
Title re: grain from other area. GV Many camels hitched to wagons. CU Man empties big sacks of grain; crowd around. CU Man holding handful grain. CU woman w/ baby eats piece of grain from bag. Rationing food. Camels & wagons again. CU man holding camel halter. CU funny - man; camel brays - big mouth. Finally title: 'Their faith in the future! America brings life and hope into the midst of death and despair.' Shot of USA relief truck! Foreign aid.