J. Max Bond, Sr. Home Movie #4

16mm motion picture film of J. Max Bond, Sr. home movie #4

Created by
Bond, J. Max, Sr., American, 1902 - 1991
16mm Film (a): acetate film;
Film Reel (b): metal
Duration: 7 Minutes
Length (Film): 175 Feet
home movies
Place filmed
El-Jemm, Mahdia, Tunisia, North Africa, Africa
Sfax, Tunisia, North Africa, Africa
This 16mm film is from a collection of home movies shot by J. Max Bond Sr. between 1930-1960. The collection features travel footage, family outings, and gatherings with family and friends.
This 16mm color film is one of ten home movies shot by J. Max Bond Sr. from 1930 to 1960. The footage mainly focuses on family, travel, and educational institutions with which J. Max Bond, Sr. was associated.
Consists of: 16mm Film (a) and Original 400 foot Film Reel (b).
2016.16.4.1a: 16mm film. The film opens with men casually talking outside of a building. This is followed by a demonstration inside the building of two local men demonstrating, for the visitors, how they weave textiles. Next, the visitors are shown outside looking at an outdoor pottery kiln. This is followed by brief shots of the visitors casually meeting indoors. An exterior shot of "Laboratoire O.J. Brandt" is captured before the camera tilts down revealing a group of men standing in front and shaking hands with a woman. An indoor shot of a table covered in miscellaneous pottery items follows, and the outdoor pottery kiln is shown again; fired up. A group of men stand around inspecting various pottery items, a man pokes a stick inside the kiln, and a car trunk full of clayworks tools and a portable kiln is shown. A boy holds up a clay figurine for the camera, and various shots of blossomed trees follow. A wide shot of a group of women standing and talking is followed by a series of low-angle, portrait style shots and another group shot. Next, there is travel footage of an unknown town in Tunisia. Locals walk around the city, and there is wide shot of the Beit El synagogue in Sfax, Tunisia. Next, a long shot reveals the ancient Roman amphitheater in El-Djem, Tunisia and is followed by various shots walking around inside of the ancient ruins. The film ends with a very brief shot of boats docked on a bay.
2016.16.4.1b: Original 400 foot film reel.
African American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Family of George Clement Bond
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Alison Bond
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
J. Max Bond, Sr. Family Home Movies
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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