Nile Irrigation (1940-1949)
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Map of Africa. C/U on area of the Nile through Egypt. Aswan, Assuit, Cairo, Rosetta, Alexandria and Damietta are labelled on the map. The Aswan Barrage. A car travels over the bridge. Landscape. Waterfalls, dams, small boats. Men with sticks walk along the banks of the Nile. Men use Shadufs or Shadoofs to carry water uphill. The water runs through trenches as an irrigation system. A pool of water. Two cows (or water buffalo?) pull a primitive mill wheel as they walk in a circle. C/U of mill wheel. A water wheel which has many small pots attached moves around and water pours out of each pot as they reach the top of the circle. C/U of water flowing from pots.
01:38:53 - Assuit: arrow points to location on the map. Boats on the Nile. Steam train travels along the banks of a canal. A lock system. Irrigation canals. Intertitle reads: "The west bank of the Nile is permanent" - an arrow illustrates the west bank. "The east side is basin land". A graphic map shows how the river bank can change. Top shot of the land around part of the Nile. Land is divided into plots for irrigation. Many men work with hand tools digging trenches. Shots of small canals and trenches. Men at work in the fields. Top shot of the fields with a house in the distance. Larger boats on the Nile. moving shots of women carrying water in urns on their heads on the river banks. Cairo barrage - controls the flow of the Nile on to the Delta. Aerial shot of the Nile. Shots of towns from the air. Landscape shots. A man winds a handle which is attached to a large pipe. This revolves in the water, pulling it up on to a higher level. Landscape shots from the air.
Note: British Instructional Films seem to have shot a great deal of material in Egypt and split it between several films. See the records for "An Egyptian Village", "Egypt" and "Sugar Cane Harvest". FILM ID:1801.04
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