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    Statue unveiling ceremony in Egypt.

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    Unveiling statue - Byron of Egypt.

    Two British representatives arriving; 1 in military uniform; they walk past Egyptian dignitaries- -government officials; Muslim priests; etc. Some of the Egyptians wear fez hats; white robes; also a line of men; most elderly; in long black robes and black headgear. BG of intricately patterned mosaics and huge heavy curtains. Egyptian leader (Ahmed Fuad Pasha- -King Fuad I?) seated on throne; various officials stand behind him. Pan on British officials and their wives; more Egyptians. Egyptian makes speech. Shot of large monument; covered. W/ some effort by team of workers below; monument is uncovered: it is a large sphinx; w/ statue of a man in a long robe standing next to it. Not known what Byron is meant. 1920s?

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:03:00 / 01:35:37:00
    ON 347 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    Great film, but if I made add a correction to the text. The statue represents a woman (a peasant woman) not a man. The name of the statue is Nahdet Masr (The Awakening of Egypt). She is unveiling her face. This is probably commemorating the 1919 revolution, where women such as Huda Shaarawi and Safeyya Zaghlul (wife of Saad Zaghlul) were in revolt and unveiling their faces in a similar gesture. The statue still stands to this day in Cairo and is of great symbolism to the country.

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