This film is held by the BFI (ID: 446163).


INTEREST. Part of a journey from the Semliki River to the Ituri River in the Congo (Zaire).

Main title (7). Line of porters walk up hillside at the base of the Mountains of the Moon (Ruwenzori Mountains) (49). The River Semliki on the borders of Uganda and the Congo; natives board dugout canoe and paddle away (56-79). Crocodiles and cranes sun themselves on a sandbank in the river, including one crocodile which measures over 30 feet in length (213). A python coils its way along a branch (223-250). The porters erect a shelter within 15 minutes; porters gather grass and sticks; a rough shell is made from the sticks which is formed into a round structure and then covered in grass (360). Owing to the use of dry grass the shelters are prone to fire; a village ablaze (372-427). Women perform a dance; they shuffle round in a circle while the drummers sit inside the circle (495). MS of two porters laughing (515). The dance continues; this time the women jump in and out of a circle clapping their hands (570). MS of women as they pose showing off their hairstyles (616). The bark of a tree is beaten with an elephant tusk on a log to produce a form of durable material; the African holds up the square of material (632-671). The ivory trade; a line of tusks is inspected by two Europeans who order natives to carry away the tusks. A line of natives carry away the tusks through bushland (694-744). A coiled armadillo uncoils itself and walks away (799). After crossing the Ituri River the expedition witnesses a handing over of chieftainship ceremony. The Chief, who has lost his reason and was a guide to Sir Henry Stanley, sits in a chair and has his wrist bands of chieftainship (?) removed (883). Two European hands tease a lizard (901-913). Porters setting off through a native village, passing a banana tree which houses the village beehive; CU of the beehive (961-978); the porters passing the tree (952). A `semi-pygmy' native poses; he wears iron bands around his legs and wrists as a sign of rank (1015-1030). A village (1038). Crossing the Ituri river at the same place as Stanley did; natives cross river in a dugout and disembark (1082). Weaver birds' nests on the trees by the river bank (1087-1110). Africans by the riverbank pose for camera (1122). Two women pound rice with long poles (1132-1188). Five women dancing (1194-1243). A boy and a monkey (1254-1341). The women continue to dance and are joined by their husband (sic) (1421). The orchestra is seen seated under a canopy (1508). The End (1510).

Note: The main title is cited as "This chapter being The Slave Road to the Congo", which implies the film is part of a series of films or part of a longer film.

Note: Intertitles and main title citation similar to ON THE EQUATOR.




Technical Data

Film Gauge (Format):
35mm Film
1508 ft

Production Credits

Production Countries:
Great Britain