Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile: Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War of Independence.
Opening: crashing tide, rock formation at the beach. Glaciers. Cranes move dirt and rock. Nitrate plants (:06-:41). Nitrate and copper ore. Giant open pit copper mine. Copper smelter produces sheets or anodes. Animals, a western port. Seaport town of Chile. Central Valley of Chile. People in wagons. Landowner's estate home. Family that lives on the estate. Snow capped mountains in the distance. Family members speak about living (:42-3:05). Fields of the valley estate are tended to. Oranges are picked. Workers harvest the crops. Vineyard. Children in the Central Valley go to school. Sheep raising. A man tends his sheep by carefully grooming them. Sheep roam in the pasture. A woman makes dinner. She has vegetables on the table. Dining room (3:06-4:55). Trees on the grounds. A man speaks to another on the estate. A tall tree looms over them and they stare up at it. Woman read magazines. A woman uses a needle and creates a design (4:56-6:07). A painting hangs on the wall, men discuss who it is. It is the founder of the estate, Duncan McKenna. A picture of a younger son is held. That son is in a laboratory in Medical School in Santiago, Chile. Library books on the shelves. Medical School exterior at the University of Chile (7:28). Art Academy. Santiago College (7:37). Exchange students chat (6:08-8:02). Exterior of Santiago Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago) (8:58). Family walks around, gets into a car. Drive down a city street. Downtown Santiago. Santiago Chamber of Commerce. San Cristobal, family sits and eats. Family members walk over and look over the city of Santiago. Rugged ranges of the Andes (8:03-10:04).
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