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Identifier:

  • 94794 (Source: National Archives)

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Virginia Garner

Length:

2 reels (691 ft)

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

National Archives list of titled amateur films

Description:

"Dramatized documentary: Depicts life in the Belgian Congo and French Cameroons." National Archives.

Resources:

This film is one of ten produced by the Garners as part of the Africa Motion Picture Project of 1938, which was funded by church denominations and the Harmon Foundation (Movie Makers, Nov. 1939, 559).

Virginia Garner, Images Out of Africa: The Virginia Garner Diaries of the Africa Motion Picture Project, University Press of America, 2011.

This film is a part of the Harmon Foundation Collection held by National Archives.

Locations:

  • Belgian Congo (Filming)
  • Cameroon (Filming)

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Repository:

Harmon Foundation Collection, National Archives

Viewing Notes:

"Reel 1: Morning: people warm themselves at small fires. Men burn clearing in jungle for community garden; women plant, gather and prepare manioc for dinner. Men weave straw articles and spear fish. Reel 2: Afternoon: men gather palm nuts; woman cooks them to extract oil. Woman and child serve evening meal to three men. A black stranger visits village and shows them a zippered pouch (modern European invention); old man shakes head. African villagers dance at sunset," via National Archives.