Created by
Calloway, Cab, American, 1907 - 1994
Calloway, Nuffie, American, 1915 - 2008
ca. 1951
acetate film
Length (film strip): 150 Feet
Duration: 00:04:46
A 16mm black-and-white, silent home movie film by Cab and Zulme "Nuffie" Calloway during a tour of the Caribbean, with film edge code indicating a year of 1951. The film strip consists of double perforated film stock with frames in the middle.
The film begins with two panning shots of elementary school boys standing in formation and performing group exercises. This is followed by a sequence of shots taken from a moving vehicle. The shots depict a post office, a police station, and homes along the side of the road. A sign on the police station indicates that the location is Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. Next, the camera captures a rail crossing as a freight train passes by. Further shots from the road follow. Most notably, there is a shot of school children studying at their desks outdoors. The next shot depicts a group of unidentified people posing for the camera in an unidentified location. This is followed by a panning shot taken at the courtyard of a school. A sign indicates that it is the Chaguanas Government School. The subsequent series of shots document the processing of raw sugar cane into sugar and features a number of the workers posing for the camera. The final sequence, taken from a moving vehicle, depicts individuals and homes along the side of the road. One shot in particular depicts a Hindu temple in the shape of a small tower.
Place filmed
Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean, North and Central America
Collection title
The Cabell “Cab” Calloway III Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
silent films
home movies
black-and-white films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Composers (Musicians)
Conductors (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cabella Calloway Langsam
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Creative Arts By Calloway, LLC
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