Created by
Wood, Pauline Thompson, American, born 1901
Owned by
Holman, Michael, American, born 1955
Subject of
Baha'i World Centre, founded 1909
ca. 1968
8mm Film (a): acetate film;
Film Reel (b): plastic;
Film Container (c): plastic
Duration: 3 Minutes
Length (Film): 50 Feet
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop. The collection predominately contains family vacation footage shot when Holman's father, Lt. Thomas Holman, was stationed in Europe with the US Army. Most of the footage was captured by Holman's grandmother, Pauline Thompson Wood. In addition to the European vacation films, the footage shot by Pauline Wood documents her involvement with the Baha'i Faith and includes footage of Baha'i events and pilgrimages to holy sites in Israel and Palestine. There is also footage of the family at home in San Francisco and other sites in California.
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop.
Consists of: Super 8mm Film (a), Original Film Reel (b), and Original Film Container (c).
2016. Super 8mm film. The film begins with a series of shots of a group of people visiting the Garden of Ridvan, a Baha'i holy site, in Acre, Israel. Many of the shots depict the lush foliage of the garden. Next is a panning shot overlooking modern buildings in Haifa, Israel. This is followed by several shots of Ancient Roman ruins in an unidentified location. Several shots overlooking the Jerusalem skyline, a shot of some construction workers, and a shot of an unknown mosque follow. These are succeeded by multiple shot of the Russian Orthodox Convent and Church of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and a wide shot of the West Bank landscape. The film concludes with several shots overlooking the Dome of the Rock and the Jerusalem skyline.
2016. Original film reel. White plastic with a brief content note.
2016. Original film container. Blue plastic with Technicolor markings.
Place depicted
Acre, Northern District, Israel, Middle East, Asia
Haifa, Northern District, Israel, Middle East, Asia
Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel, Middle East, Asia
West Bank, Palestine, Asia
Collection title
Michael Holman Family Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
home movies
8mm (photographic film size)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Michael Holman
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