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Story of Matsela, The

Date produced: 1949

Filmmaker(s):

Lewis Lewis

Description:

"Through the eyes and experiences of Matsela, a statuesque native of Basutoland, South Africa, Lewis Lewis reveals a stirring story of the triumph of modern agricultural science over the warring elements of nature. The account of how Matsela and his people all but perish in the dust bowl created by malevolent storms and drought, how he studies under a government program of soil reclamation and triumphantly puts his new training to work, provides an absorbing drama and an enlightening document on one of the world's grave problems. Although dealing with literal facts, Mr. Lewis dramatizes the incidents in his story with telling skill. Superb camera work and an attractive variety of viewpoints aid the dramatic effect, while a fascinating score of native songs further enhances the presentation. Save as a scientific record, the film is somewhat overlong, with the second of three 900 foot reels regrettably slow paced after the swift excitement of the opening chapter." Movie Makers, Dec. 1949, 455.


They Brought India with Them

Date produced: 1967

Filmmaker(s):

Olaf Solberg

Description:

"They Brought India With Them is the story of many of the natives of India who have moved to South Africa to make their home. This film points out that they didn't take to So. African ways as much as they brought their own ways and customs with them" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 37.


Tsavo

Date produced: 1971

Filmmaker(s):

G. Christopher Bonar

Description:

"Tsavo by G. Christopher Bonar of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Chris presents a fine study of the disappearing animal species of Africa. Tsavo is one of the game preserves established to try to halt this disappearance. This 14-minute 16mm film was awarded the Charles A. Kinsley Memorial Award for PSA-MPD Film of the Year, the Golden Microphone Award and the Nature Film Award" PSA Journal, Nov. 1971, 42.


Under Sheltering Skies

Date produced: 1964

Filmmaker(s):

Maxine Plowman

Description:

"Under Sheltering Skies reminds us that the Africa of today will not exist much longer because of the many forces of change working against it. Poaches are attacking the abundant wild life, and the civilization is remolding village huts and village life. Here, then, is a look at the Africa today from the village to the wild life sanctuary where wild animals still roam. Flawless photography gives this film a unique charm and judicious cutting lets us see only the finest shots of numerous animals still roaming "under sheltering skies" PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 50.


What a Missionary Does In Africa

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Virginia Garner

Description:

"Documentary: Depicts experiences of a new missionary as he gains self-confidence in his work in the Belgian Congo where the people are suspicious and only slowly accept the mission." National Archives.


White Gables

Date produced: 1946

Filmmaker(s):

G. Brian McIntosh

Description:

"The solid splendor of Dutch colonial existence in South Africa is attractively recreated in White Gables, by G. Brian McIntosh. Moving out from Capetown, the film carries one swiftly over the barrier crags of Table Mountain into the fertile valley beyond. Here, surrounded by its flowers and fields of grape, stands Groot Constantia, the great and graceful manor house built by Governor Simon van der Stel in 1685. Mr. Mcintosh presents it with sympathy, imagination and skill. Scene flows into scene, sequence into sequence, with a suave progression which could have been achieved only by the most cunning advanced plan. A gracious lady in 17th Century dress moves through the terraced grounds on the gentle errands of that leisured age. White Gables is a bright and glowing evocation of mood and manner which now are history." Movie Makers, Dec. 1946, 489.


Wild Dogs of Africa

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Frederick C. Harshbarger

Description:

"Wild Dogs of Africa is a film by a perennial winner, Fred Harshbarger of Colton, Calif. Most of us have seen films made in Africa but this nine minutes is not about the "run-of-the-mill" African animals that one expects. Who would think of making a film about wild dogs? Well Fred did - and because of it we all know just a little more of that part of the world. Naturally it's in color and shot with the usual Harshbarger "know-how". Winning the Nature Award was a natural for this picture" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 56.


World Through a View Finder, The (Part II)

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

Edwin Mayer

Description:

"This amateur film captures Edwin and Minnie Mayer’s worldwide adventure across Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe in the 1950s. This segment documents stops in Thailand, India, Egypt, Greece, Vatican City, Italy, the Netherlands, and England" Texas Archive of the Moving Image.


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