Men work at the manganese mines of Morocco.
Introductory intertitle reads: "South of Djebel-Bou-Arfa in Morocco, amongst bare valleys, the white man searches for the valuable Manganese ore."
Panning shot of the landscape. L/S of lorries approaching the camera along a dusty road. Men sit in the back of the pick-up trucks. "Old picks and modern drills tear out the hillside, contrasting queerly with the age-old garb of the workers - " M/S of group of men working on the hillside. Various shots of the men who wear traditional dress. C/U of man using an electric drill to make a hole in the rock. "Hard work in a hot sun - but commerce must have its Manganese for the steel workers - " M/S of workers breaking up and sorting rocks by hand. They sit on the ground as they work. C/U of one of the men working. He uses a small pick to break up the rocks. C/U of a Hessian basket containing small pieces of Manganese. C/U of hand holding a piece of the rock.
"narrow gauge rails, too, have invaded the once quiet valley - " M/S of workers approaching a wheeled trolley and tipping their baskets of rocks into it. The trolley is standing on a narrow track. Closer shot of the rocks being tipped in. After a day's work a little entertainment is provided for the miners. M/S of a man dancing outside two primitive huts whilst other workers sit and watch. C/U of a man playing a drum. C/U of various workers at rest. Another man dances with a scarf wrapped around his neck.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 667.
Note: good film showing hard manual labour in the 1930s.