Ethiopia — Africa’s Ancient Kingdom” is a circa 1961 Paul Hoefler Production that presents a study of Ethiopia — an area that “even today … is little known and little understood. The color film points out that as a nation, Ethiopia remains primarily an undeveloped feudal state with poor transportation and communication systems (mark 01:55), as well as powerful traditions rooted the past. It describes the nation’s long line of hereditary monarchs, and also discusses the role of Haile Selassie (02:10) as political and religious leader said to be a direct descendent of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. We see Ethiopia’s location on a map at mark 02:38, The film also features scenes of the high plateaus (mark 03:00) which are populated by tribal groups. The film visits some of the traditional huts (mark 05:00) made of mud and straw with dirt floors. We learn of some Ethiopian arts, such as basketweaving (mark 06:04) and silversmithing — a trade handed down from father to son. The film goes on to point out a few of the modern conveniences found in several of the cities (mark 09:06), including automobiles and movie theaters that show Western films (mark 10:25). At mark 13:47 we are taken inside the palace of Haile Selassie to gaze upon its opulence and catch a glimpse of his family and learn of his efforts to modernize his country.
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