Of Peoples And A Vision (review)
- Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies
- Center for the Study of Film and History
- Volume 1, Number 3, September 1971
- p. 6
- Additional Information
**** FILM REVIEWS **** The summaries that film catalogs provide tend often to be incomplete and uncritical, and are rarely aimed directly at the teacher considering the film for classroom use. fie are espcially interest in these reviews in establishing the historical scope of the film, the basic ideas it attempts to convey, and suggestions on how to best utilize the film in the history classroom. The opinions you find here will be those of other historians and teachers rather than the opinions of the producers or commercial rental firms. fie will include as many reviews as possible in each issue of the Newsletter. Unless otherwise noted films reviewed here are 16mm. This experiment can only be successful if you will cooperate and share your experience with us. There is a film review form included with the Newsletter. It may be photocopied or additional copies may be requested from the Committee. Of Peoples And A Vision (Orbis Books, 1970) color, 25 min. In 1961 President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania chose to answer the problems, economic, social and political, faced by this recently independent African nation by embarking on a new and different "African Socialism." This film consists of four vignettes of an Uj amaa village, a married couple in an agricultural school, a young school teacher and a student at the University of Dar es Salaam, who all realize the goal of their Uj amaa socialism and are working diligently in their own way of life to contribute to it. This is a wll executed film with mature insight into the problems of Tanzania and is well respected by the East Africans who have seen it. It can be obtained free of charge through Orbis Books; Maryknoll, New York 10545. (Course, Modern Political and Economic History of East Africa) Rev. Joseph P.Carney ,M. M. ; Maryknoll Seminary, Maryknoll N. Y. The Spanish Armada (Contemporary Films) color 16 min. The film deals effectively with the ideological background and consequences of England's naval victory in 1588 over the Spanish. Contemporary portraits of the cheif actors, film clips of naval engagements, retelling of historical anecdote and illustration of the Spanish strategy are used to good effect. The musical score is suitably martial, the tempo fast, the color brilliant. The whole is accompanied by an excellent audio that evokes the contrast between past and present and the myth that still lingers. Especially good for stimulating students to read Garrett Mattingly's superb book, The Spanish Armada or as preparation for discussion or paper on 16th century ideology in junior courses. Also good for illustration in Western Civilization survey courses . (Course, Tudor England) Melvin Tucker, Syracuse University ...