• Short Summary

    Documentary about the influence of the white man on the trade of the Congo.

  • Description

    Reel 2. Trees falling - clearing jungle. Men carrying burning torches. They set fire to trees and bush. Clouds of smoke. A view of large area of tree trunks not burned away. The trunks are levered and moved. Palms are planted.

    Map of the Congo showing copper mines, roads, airports etc. Aerial shot of palm fields. Palm trees from the ground. African children at school sing a song. Older children going to school and doing physical exercise in playground. Classroom scenes, learning to write and type. Diving and swimming in a river.

    Trucks carrying men to work at plantations. Recruiting staff. Some have goats or dogs with them. Men are weighed and have their chests checked by doctor with stethoscope. Money is counted. Thumb print marks their receipt. Food being issued and clothes. Houses for the workers.

    Men at work in the plantations. Working in mills, typing, woodworking etc. Trucks carrying fruit. Shovelling coal into furnaces. Machines processing trees to make palm oil. Freight trains and ships. School scenes. Mathematics lesson. Men picking up their wages. Mountains. Families in the jungles. Medical care for the local children. Doctors and nurses. Lake. Traditional music and dance. A child yawns. End titles: "Wealth of the World Series... in Association with Sofidoc and Film Centre. Music Composed and Conducted by Francis Chagrin".

    Note: with hindsight the commentary for this film seems rather patronising and jingoistic. The local people are described as being "backward" and of not being able to exploit the potential of their country's resources without the help of the white man. Safety print exists.

    This seems to be a duplicate of 3262.11. Check for best quality

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:45:00 / 01:36:38:00

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