A look at the Moroccan village of Xauen, unchanged for hundreds of years.
Various M/Ss and L/Ss of rural country in Morocco, showing a range of mountains. One shot also shows a small village, Xauen, at the foot of the mountains. M/S of a man riding a donkey through the village. He rides past two small children who run beside him, holding out their hands. He throws something (a coin?) to them.
M/S of village men sitting and talking together. M/S of village, tilt down to show women washing by a small stream before a stone wall. M/S of the village where a man is driving a donkey through the crowd of villagers. C/U of a young girl carrying a small boy on her back.
Various M/Ss and C/Us of women washing clothes in tubs and gossiping; they are wearing quite colourful clothes. M/S of the Calipher (sp? - head man) walking towards the women; as he reaches the group he speaks to some of them.
C/U of a woman walking past with a bucket on her head. C/U of two village girls with another woman in the background with a bucket balanced on her head. C/U of the Calipher smiling.
This footage looks quite contemporary. The narration concentrates mainly on the fact that life has been the same for nearly 5 centuries in this village, and elements of modernisation such as advertising and television have not taken away the individuality of the area; "no sleepless nights wondering which detergent will ensure that Abdul's burnous is fractionally cleaner and infinitesimally whiter that Ahmmed's".
Note: Print shows signs of vinegar syndrome - in isolation vault 56.