Ethiopia Black Journal segment

16mm motion picture film of Ethiopia [Black Journal segment]

Directed by
Garrett, Kent, American, born 1941
Produced by
Garrett, Kent, American, born 1941
Greaves, William, American, 1926 - 2014
National Educational Television, American, 1954 - 1970
Photograph by
Lucas, Leroy, American
Owned by
Bowser, Pearl, American, born 1931
Medium
16mm Film (a): acetate film
Dimensions
Length (Film): 860 Feet
Duration: 24 Minutes
Type
motion pictures (information artifacts)
Place filmed
Aksum, Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa
Place depicted
Ethiopia, Africa
Place filmed
Adis Abeba, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia, Africa
Lalibela, Amara, Ethiopia, Africa
Date
1969
Caption
This 16mm film is a special half-hour-long documentary produced for the National Educational Television program Black Journal. It examines the cultural and historical life of African nation of Ethiopia.
Description
This 16mm film was a special half-hour-long documentary produced by Kent Garrett for the National Educational Television program Black Journal. This documentary examines the cultural and historical life of Ethiopia.
Consists of: 16mm Film (a).
2012.79.1.49.1a: This 16mm film was a special half-hour-long documentary produced for the National Educational Television program Black Journal. This documentary examines the cultural and historical life of Ethiopia. The entire documentary is voiced-over by a male narrator who describes Ethiopia's intersecting political, religious, and social history. The first half of the documentary is spent telling the history of Christianity in Ethiopia, and its ties to and influence on ancient Ethiopia. There are shots of the Obelisk of Aksum in Ethiopia's Tirgay; a 1,700-year-old granite stele that stands 24 meters tall and weighs 160 metric tons. The narrator then describes the historical architecture and founding of the Church of St. George in the city of Lalibela, located in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. One of eleven monolithic churches in the city of Lalibela, the narrator explains the importance of this group of rock-hewn churches that were built in the late 12th to early 13th century and serves as a pilgrimage for some. Next, there are scenes of the festival of Timket Holiday in Adis Abeba and footage of various Ethiopian tribes singing and dancing. Ethiopians are described as an African people, diverse in tribal association while sharing common African ancestry. The narrator states that it is a common mistake to racially identify Ethiopians as Middle Eastern.
Topic
African American
Africa
Architecture
Film
Religion
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number
2012.79.1.49.1a
Restrictions & Rights
© National Educational Television
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Pearl Bowser Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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