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Identifier:

  • 94798 (Source: National Archives)

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Length:

3 reels (1026 ft, 28 minutes)

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

National Archives list of titled amateur films

Description:

"About a 9-year-old African girl, found by Protestant missionaries in the French Cameroons and reared in a mission school, who later marries a native teacher and returns to help her village." National Archives.

Resources:

"Practical Films," Movie Makers, Nov. 1939, 559. BFI record of the film.

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:

  • Cameroon (Filming)

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Repository:

Harmon Foundation Collection, National Archives

Viewing Notes:

"Reel 1: Ngono's father negotiates to sell her to Ngele as a child bride; she is mistreated by Ngele's senior wife and runs away. A woman missionary finds her in the jungle, takes her to the mission for treatment; missionaries decide to try to buy her freedom. Reel 2: Mission superintendent negotiates her release. Ngono grows up at the mission, studies nursing, and is courted by Eman, a former student; she refuses marriage, saying that she must return to her village. Eman visits her village, cures mental problem of Ngele's son, and stays to help. Reel 3: Ngono and Eman marry and return to Metet," via National Archives.