Film: 9027

Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | Colour


Kenya and village life and public health 1950's

Overhead shots of : Lake Victoria and adjoining land; a town Kericho in Kenya' 60 miles from the lake and the tea fields of Kericho and other tea-growing areas. Long shot of seven village huts.
A large group of men and women stand in rows with their pickaxes, as the white manager with his two native assistants , one with clipboard and pen, makes his way down and in between their ranks, counting as he goes along. Close up of men in shorts and sandals standing in a row with their digging implements standing in front of them. The lines of workers break up as they set off to work. In the foreground, the manager discusses matters with his two assistants.
A bare field is dug up by lines of workers, preparing for tea cultivation. A herd of cattle make their way through the entrance to a ranch, followed by two men. In the forest men cut down tall trees and saw fallen timbers in half.
A truck drives in front of one of Kericho's factories. Shots of one of Kericho's tea processing factories. A generating plant in the hills that provides factories with power. Men maintaining machinery inside the plant. Two men on Ladders working on the outside of the factory while two co- workers hold their ladder steady. A man with a bale of straw climbs up the large thatched hutch roof. Men work to complete the new hospital building, applying finishing touches to the roof beams. Five men work on the early stages of building a workers house, in the traditional style of the village hut. Series of close-up shots of African men at work. Two men build a wall, man with hat on the roof hammers on to his chisel to make a groove in the roof beam, a man milks a cow.
A Sikh cranks a motor outside a corrugated iron building, watched by two colleagues and white manager.
White manager and head man in conversation while behind them workers dig away in the field. The manager looks at his watch, the head man looks up at the sun. The head man waves his arm up and down, a signal for the workers to stop. Long shot of workers leaving field with a black car in the foreground. Manager and headman climb into the car and drive up the track.
A worker in the pay office puts his open palmed hands together to receive his wages - 25 shillings in notes, East African Currency and some coins from the white cashier.
Workers hold bags and cans out to collect their rations of milk and ground maize. Woman carrying small child walks up to the window counter, half covered with iron bars, to receive a cut of meat from the butcher. Natives queue outside the village shop window counter from where a woman purchases a bottle of fizzy pop.
A little girl in a white dress runs across the grass amongst the traditional village huts. Another village has huts more modern in design. Various shots of workers' cottages follow. Close up shot of villages sitting outside a brick made hut talking to a small child. A kneeling woman washes an upright child outside one of the huts. Four men do various household chores outside their shared cottage, cooking, peeling potatoes. Close up of the 'hygiene boy' a sort of public health official. He talks to the worker whose job it is to cut the grass in the village, instructing him to cut in between and around the village huts. The grass cutting machine is pulled by two oxen while the worker walks behind, whip in hand. A man carries a basket of rubbish to an oxen-driven refuse collection cart, while the 'hygiene boy' and a uniformed cart driver salute each other. The 'hygiene boy' walks alongside the open rainwater drains. He inspects the progress of a latrine worker, sweeping out one of the corrugated iron toilets. A family sits outside its hut, while workers finish spraying the germicide inside. The 'hygiene boy' crouching down over a static pool of water, puts a ladle into the water then puts it into a small glass bottle, which will be later analysed as part of the anti-malaria precautions. A further precaution is the spraying of a larvae killing oil over the pool. The camera pans across a line of workers who are being distributed anti-malarial tablets by the hygiene boy. A woman and a child standing in a doorway receive and swallow their anti-malarial tablets, In an office sitting at his table is the white welfare officer with two assistants. Close up of medical officer examining the ear of a patient. One of the medical assistants looks through a microscope. Another drops samples into a test tube.
Villagers sit outside the medical department building, awaiting treatment for minor ailments. At the entrance of this building, a table with chairs has been set up to receive these patients. A native medical official takes care of their needs: taking a pulse and temperature reading from his male patient. Inside the hospital a medical official uses his stethoscope to examine a more seriously ill patient. Three women lying in beds set close to each other receive medicine to drink from medical officer. A white nurse examines a baby sitting on its mother’s lap. Outside the village huts, an African female teacher holds a domestic science class for the women, whose children sit alongside them. This particular class appears to be sewing and embroidery instruction,
The native schoolteacher addresses a class of pupils sitting behind their desks in the open air. Standing next to a blackboard during a maths lesson, the teacher points to pupils to answer questions who, as they reply, half stand up. Inside the school building adults take instruction fro the teacher.
In the village club two men play table tennis, while in the foreground two others sitting at a table play a traditional game using pebbles and a log which has had grooves cut into it.
Villagers sit on the village green chatting and joking. Some wait their turn for the barber who is busy shaving someone.
A local football match takes place, the players in bare feet, some with bandage strapping. A small crowd of villagers watches the match played on a field outside one of the villages. Elsewhere villagers watch running events held in a field. A man crosses the finishing line, watched by white onlookers sitting up on the grassy bank under a canopy. The native adults and children stand behind a wire fence and await the start of the javelin competition. Competitors pick up their spears and throw.
A man in a fur hat plays a lyre-type instrument, whilst a group of villagers form a half circle near him and perform a traditional dance.
In another village a man plays an acoustic guitar, accompanied by a singer. The watching crowd perform various dances. Long shot of African countryside.

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