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Adventures with African Wildlife

Date produced: 1978

Filmmaker(s):

Robbins Barstow

Description:

"In the summer of 1978, Robbins Barstow and his wife Meg, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA, took a four-week East African Safari Tour to Tanzania and Kenya, sponsored by the New York Zoological Society. This African wildlife adventure film includes scenes of 53 different species of animals and birds, filmed in the wild, among them Elephant, Giraffe, Rhino, Hippo, Lion, Leopard, Zebra, Wildebeest, Cheetah, and Impala." Archive.org


African Life

Date produced: 1947

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"Details a journey from New York to Lagos and beyond the interior of Nigeria. Footage includes shots of daily traditional life in the village and concludes with a battle scene between two tribes brandishing spears and bows and arrows." Chicago Film Archives


African Prince, The

Date produced: 1947

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"Silent film set in a small African village. The King takes his young son, the Prince, on a journey to teach him lessons on how to be a great leader by showing appreciation and care for the people they rule. The King guides the Prince to help care for the ill suffering from leprosy, learn skills like farming the land, making clothing and building shelter, and enrolls him in school to get an education and learn religion. The film shows many skills and medical processes of African villagers in detail from start to finish." Chicago Film Archives


Charlie, the Zulu Game Guard

Date produced: 1940

Filmmaker(s):

Esther Vermooten

Vincent Vermooten

Description:

"In the tradition of Carl Akeley and the late Martin Johnson is the humorously titled but essentially serious film, Charlie, the Zulu Game Guard, by Esther and Vincent Vermooten. Stalking rhinos, both black and white, in the Hluhluwe Reserve of British South Africa, Dr. and Mrs. Vermooten, accompanied by the game guard Charlie, managed to capture on film a series of incomparable studies of the beasts in their native habitat. The circumstances must have been difficult, the pursuit undoubtedly dangerous, but Dr. Vermooten used a tripod throughout and succeeded, despite obvious trials of climate and heat, in getting perfect color rendition. This fact, added to the well planned continuity of the film, makes it an outstanding accomplishment of its kind." Movie Makers, Dec. 1940, 602.


Children of Africa

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Virginia Garner

Description:

"Documentary: Depicts lives of children in the Belgian Congo and French Cameroon." National Archives.


Day In an African Village, A

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Virginia Garner

Description:

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


Egypt and Back With Imperial Airways

Date produced: 1932

Filmmaker(s):

Ruth Stuart

Description:

"Film record of a journey to Egypt and a four day holiday in Cairo. The film begins at Croydon Airport, recording the activities of the ground crew and the arrival and departure of two Imperial Airways planes, the Heracles and the Hengist. The film records a stopover in Crete on the journey to Cairo where the plane is moored close to a yacht. The final section of the film records street scenes in Cairo and an excursion to the Great Pyramid and Sphinx, returning to the city by Marg and Old Heliopolis." East Anglian Film Archive.

"Ruth Stuart's Travel picture 'Egypt and Back With Imperial Airways,' was not only a fine example of consistent photography, but also showed a keen knowledge of editing and cutting that let the pictue breeze along in an entertaining fashion." American Cinematographer, Dec. 1933, 321.


How an African Tribe Is Ruled Under Colonial Government

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Virginia Garner

Description:

"Contrasts life in Belgian Congo under Belgian colonial government to that of tribal rule." National Archives.


King of Allah’s Garden

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Stanley Bean

Mary Jane Bean

Description:

According to the filmmakers, "The scenario was our own—concerning the difficulties confronting a British telegraph company in maintaining communications between Uganda and the Sudan. A story requiring such foreign locale—Africa's desert, veldt and jungle—was written with the object of demonstrating to our audiences the cinema possibilities of our northeastern states" (111).


Liberia, Land of Promise

Date produced: 1962

Filmmaker(s):

Walter Schafheitle

Description:

"A free and independent country with a form of government patterned after the U.S.A. located on the western part of Africa. Monrovia, its capital city, is modern and has an air of prosperity. There is an active program of new schools, improved teaching, road construction, agricultural development, and training of its defense army. Away from the city, the country is still a land of thatched roofs and scanty clothing, ritual and tribal dances. A fine documentary that tells us also of the economic growth of the country" PSA Journal, Oct. 1962, 33.


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