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of the Human Studies Film Archives

Middle East

ME-81.3.1: [Reverend J.C. Glessner's Footage of Iraq, c. 1928-
1957]
c. 1928-1957; 1,600 ft (44 min) silent b&w/color; film/video;
supplementary materials: 3,4
Footage shot in Mesopotamia (Iraq) while Glessner worked as a
missionary for the United Mission. Indigenous peoples filmed
include the Iraq Bedouin, Yezidi, Kurds, Arabs, and Turkamen.
Documentation covers a wide range of daily subsistence and
domestic, ceremonial, and religious activities including: outdoor
church services, animal husbandry, harvesting and threshing of
wheat, Bedouin tents and dancing at Sulimani, Yezidi festival and
whitewashing of a Yezidi shrine, circumcision ceremony, and
operations of a brick factory in Bagdad. Like films of other
members of the United Mission, Reverend Glessner's films were
sent to the central administrative offices of the mission where
they were edited for presentation to American congregations.
Creator: J.C. Glessner, missionary (1895-1962)

ME-85.6.1: [Liqvan, A Village in Iran, c. 1970-1978]
c. 1970-1978; 13,000 ft (6 hrs) silent color; video
Full film record documents agricultural subsistence activities in
Liqvan, a small mountain village in northern Iran. Footage
documents cash crop agriculture with particular attention on the
wheat cycle and the use of traditional labor-intensive methods.
Creator: Arlene Dallafar, sociologist (1955- )
Creator: Fereydoun Safizadeh, anthropologist

ME-87.9.10: [Laura Boulton Film Collection: Turkey, c. 1954]
c. 1954; 330 ft (9 min) silent color; video; supplementary
materials: 1
Footage of Turkish dances performed in costumes and accompanied
by musical instruments. Laura Boulton is shown interacting with
dancers.
Creator: Laura Boulton, musicologist (1899-1980)

ME-90.3.4: GRASS*
1925; 388 ft (20 min) silent b&w; video
Abridged edited version of the theatrical release. Film documents
the yearly migration of the Bakhtiari tribe of southern Iran
through the mountains to summer pastures for their herds.
Creator: Merian C. Cooper, film producer (1893-1973)
Creator: Ernest B. Schoedsack, film producer (1893- )

ME-90.10.3: TOUCHING PORT HERE AND THERE, PART II
1929; 95 ft (4 min) silent b&w; video
Edited film, distributed by Kodak Cinegraph Films, was shot in
Lebanon and Turkey. Film begins with ship leaving Beirut and
sailing through the Straits of Dardanelles and the Sea Marmara to
Constantinople. Footage includes street scenes and rug weaving in
Constantinople and street scenes in Stamboul, the old part of the
city.

ME-90.10.7: JERUSALEM
1929; 195 ft (8 min) silent b&w; video
Edited film, distributed by Kodak Cinegraph Films, was shot in
Jerusalem, Palestine (Israel). Film shows views of the walls
around Jerusalem, Mosque of Omar, Wailing Wall, Well of David,
and sepulchres of David, Absalom, and Rachel. Footage also
includes street scenes of modern Jerusalem.

ME-90.10.8: BETHLEHEM AND GETHSEMANE
1929; 97 ft (4 min) silent b&w; video
Edited film, distributed by Kodak Cinegraph Films, was shot in
Bethlehem, Jordan, and Gethsemane, Palestine (Israel). Film shows
views of Church of St. Mary, Mount of Olives, Garden of
Gethsemane, "Via Dolorosa," Golgotha, Holy Sepulchre, Church of
the Holy Sepulchre, and Valley of Kidron.

ME-90.10.11: JORDAN, JERICHO, DEAD SEA
1929; 96 ft (4 min) silent b&w; video
Edited film, distributed by Kodak Cinegraph Films (courtesy of
American Export Lines), was shot in Jordan. Film shows travelling
through the desert, tourist floating in the Dead Sea, traditional
site of the Baptism, and the old walls of Jericho.

ME-90.10.12: HAIFA, NAZARETH, TIBERIAS, SEA OF GALILEE
1929; 99 ft (4 min) silent b&w; video
Edited film, distributed by Kodak Cinegraph Films, was shot in
Israel. Film shows views of travelling by train from Haifa to
Nazareth and from there through the desert to Tiberias and
fisherman at the Sea of Galilee.

ME-90.10.16: BEIRUT AND BAALBEK
1929; 98 ft (4 min) silent b&w; video
Edited film, distributed by Kodak Cinegraph Films (courtesy of
American Export Lines), was shot in Beirut and Baalbek, Lebanon.
Film shows views of the American University of Beirut, Roman
Bridge at Dog River, and ruins of Baalbek.

ME-90.10.17: DAMASCUS
1929; 98 ft (4 min) silent b&w; video
Edited film, distributed by Kodak Cinegraph Films (courtesy of
American Export Lines), was shot in Damascus, Syria. Film shows
views of Street Called Straight, weaver and blacksmith at work in
a bazaar, and Ommayyade Mosque.

ME-90.13.1: PEOPLE OF THE WIND (outtakes)
1972; 50,000 ft sound b&w
Outtakes from PEOPLE OF THE WIND, a feature length documentary
which was released in 1976. Film follows the annual migration of
the Babadi tribe led by Chief Jafar Qoli (a group of Bakhtiari
people of southern Iran) across the Zagros range.
Creator: David Koff
Creator: Anthony Howrath, photographer

ME-90.14.1: [Smithsonian Institution Excavations at Tel Jemmeh,
Israel, 1970-1973]
1970-1973; 3,000 ft (2 hrs) silent color; video
Footage shot of excavations at Tel Jemmeh, Israel. Excavation
site is located on the ancient border between Israel and Egypt
and was occupied chiefly from 1700 B.C. to 200 B.C. by
Canaanites, Philistines, Assyrians, Persians, and Ptolemies of
Egypt. Series of large mud brick storage chambers, built by the
Ptolemaic government as tax collecting centers, with silos more
than six meters in diameter for collecting wheat and barley, and
smaller structures for wine are excavated. Footage includes
organization of the excavation as well as preparation of the
contour plan of the site.
Creator: Gus Van Beek, anthropologist (1922- )

ME-93.24.9: DAY CARE FOR A KIBBUTZ TODDLER*
1970; 860 ft sound color; film
Edited film produced for the Institute of Child Mental Health in
collaboration with Oranim School for Kibbutz Education in Israel
documents the life of a toddler living in Kibbutz Geshir Haziv.
The film examines his time spent in one of the kibbutz'
children's houses whose ho

ME-like atmosphere and experienced and
talented child care specialists are credited for the children's
healthy development.
Creator: Werner Bundschuh, filmmaker

ME-93.24.14: ISLAM*
1962; 700 ft sound b&w; film
Edited film depicts the growth of the historic Islamic community
from the days of the prophet Mohammed to the present. Evolution
of its basic doctrines is analyzed in light of modern Western
influence. Worshippers are seen as they approach God through the
five basic duties: creed, prayer, self-sacrifice, tithing, and
pilgrimage.

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