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Series
NET Journal
Episode Number
46
Episode
Spring in Ethiopia
Producing Organization
Rediffusion Television Ltd. (London, England)
Contributing Organization
Thirteen WNET (New York, New York)
Library of Congress (Washington, District of Columbia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/75-59q2c275
Public Broadcasting Service Series NOLA
SPIE 000000
NOLA Code
SPIE
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Description
Episode Description
An ancient country of rare beauty, Ethiopia has defied the progress principle of Western missionaries warlike and peaceful, and the sometimes clumsy revolts of its African neighbors. Its emperor, Haile Selassie, has ruled for more than 30 years, and its people have retained much of his regal presence. But Ethiopia is changing, and for Denis Mitchell of Rediffusion Television the change may be unflattering to the Ethiopian people.2028It is Mitchell, described by Variety as "an outstanding director and pioneer of tele-verite," who reports on Ethiopia, ranging the mountainous country and avoiding its few cities which he considers unrepresentative. He finds a people "of gentleness and courtesy,AeP strength and dignity" despite the "horror and bloodshed that's gone before." Side by side, he finds "people who eat hippo, people who eat pancakes," and he asks how its emperor can "weld all this into one nation?"2028But the Italian invasion of 1935 "kicked Ethiopia into the 20th Century," and since then the invasion of money - from America and from Europe - has continued to prod the country forward. It has created a world of "corrugated iron instead of thatch" which "keeps out the bugs" but which prompts Mitchell to ask "why is it that progress so often goes hand and hand with ugliness?"2028On his tour, Mitchell points out the markets and the mosques; the Falasha village inhabited by a clan of Ethiopian Jews; the American industrial fair and the royal pageantry; the hotel life and the tennis court - "symbol of progress." Among these appearing on the program are Dr. Aklilu Lemma, a scientist; Don Levine, an American sociologist; Dr. Carlson, an American who heads the Public Health College at Gondar; and Mrs. Burgoyne, widow of a British officer and spokesman for the old Ethiopia. This aired as Intertel episode 46 and NET Journal episode 151. It runs approximately an hour and was originally shot on film. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
Description
An ancient country of rare beauty, Ethiopia has defied the progress principle of Western missionaries warlike and peaceful, and the sometimes clumsy revolts of its African neighbors. Its emperor, Haile Selassie, has ruled for more than 30 years, and its people have retained much of his regal presence. But Ethiopia is changing, and for Denis Mitchell of Rediffusion Television the change may be unflattering to the Ethiopian people. It is Mitchell, described by Variety as an outstanding director and pioneer of tele-verite, who reports on Ethiopia, ranging the mountainous country and avoiding its few cities which he considers unrepresentative. He finds a people of gentleness and courtesy strength and dignity despite the horror and bloodshed thats gone before. Side by side, he finds people who eat hippo, people who eat pancakes, and he asks how its emperor can weld all this into one nation? But the Italian invasion of 1935 kicked Ethiopia into the 20th Century, and since then the invasion of money from America and from Europe has continued to prod the country forward. IT has created a world of corrugated iron instead of thatch which keeps out the bugs but which prompts Mitchell to ask why is it that progress so often goes hand and hand with ugliness? On his tour, Mitchell points out the markets and the mosques; the Falasha village inhabited by a clan of Ethiopian Jews; the American industrial fair and the royal pageantry; the hotel life and the tennis court symbol of progress. Among these appearing on the program are Dr. Aklilu Lemma, a scientist; Don Levine, an American sociologist; Dr. Carlson, an American who heads the Public Health College at Gondar; and Mrs. Burgoyne, widow of a British officer and spokesman for the old Ethiopia.
Broadcast Date
1967-09-04
Asset type
Program
Genres
Documentary
Topics
Global Affairs
Public Affairs
Media type
Moving Image
Credits
Director: Mitchell, Denis
Interviewee: Levine, Don
Interviewee: Carlson, Dennis
Interviewee: Lemma, Aklilu
Producing Organization: Rediffusion Television Ltd. (London, England)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Thirteen - New York Public Media (WNET)
Identifier: wnet_aacip_2726 (WNET Archive)
Format: 16mm film
Duration: 00:53:47?
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2410613-1 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: 16mm film
Generation: Copy: Access
Color: B&W
Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive
Identifier: [request film based on title] (Indiana University)
Format: 16mm film
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Citations
Chicago: “NET Journal; 46; Spring in Ethiopia,” 1967-09-04, Thirteen WNET, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed April 25, 2024, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-75-59q2c275.
MLA: “NET Journal; 46; Spring in Ethiopia.” 1967-09-04. Thirteen WNET, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 25, 2024. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-75-59q2c275>.
APA: NET Journal; 46; Spring in Ethiopia. Boston, MA: Thirteen WNET, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-75-59q2c275