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Yesudas the Outcast - Missions Series


Date:1946
Length: 16m

Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. An outcaste Indian boy runs away from his master and enters a mission school. Made in South India, film shows life at the spearate schools for boys and girls. Yesudas becomes a minister, marries a girl from the mission school, and returns to his home village to build a church. Authentic and well produced, film may promote interest in foreign missions or give background for study of Indian missions.
Topics: Asia; India; Mission education; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-016

Upriver in Sarawak - Missions Series


Date:1956
Length: 29m
Missions Visualized, Inc., (producer) ; Board of Missions of the Methodist Church, (producer)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. The first section of the film deals entirely with the life, customs, and religious rites of the Iban people of Borneo. The film then moves to document the Methodist mission activities in the region, admitting that their work has only just begun. The film closes with the evangelistic urge to continue Christian missionary efforts among the Iban people, in the hopes of converting the whole region, which also has a strong Islamic presence. Some may feel too much time is spent on background information to the exclusion of missionary material. This potential is all too rare in films of this type, however, for most audiences need an understanding of the people for whom their church is at work. Camera work and narration make the most of an informed script and the film is highly recommended for instructive promotion with junior highs through adults in the sponsoring denomination's congregations, recommended as an instructive tool with the same ages in other churches.
Topics: Asia; Missions; Moving image; Sarawak
ID: MS-015

Return By Sea - Missions Series


Date:1956
Length: 29m
Missions Visualized, Inc., (producer) ; Board of Missions for the Methodist Church, (producer) ; Methodist Radio and Film Commission, (producer)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. A missionary's son returns as a Navy chaplain to the Philippines, where he was raised, to see what his church is doing there today. His travels impress upon him the advances made in evangelism, education, and medical work. Since it was produced by and for one denomination, one can expect major emphasis on that body's role in the country's Christian life. Thus recommended as an instructive promotional material with junior highs through adults in Methodist churches, it could be acceptable for the supplementary instruction of the same ages in other churches. Some Protestant groups will regret the central character's identification with the military, yet this factor may accelerate personal identification among young adults who have been in service. All production qualities are competent.
Topics: Asia; Missions; Moving image; Philippines
ID: MS-012

Land of the Morning - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 28m
Missions Visualized, Inc. Lloyd E. Young, (producer) ; Department of World Missions, Evangelical United Brethren Church, (producer) ; General Youth Fellowship, Evangelical United Brethren Church, (sponsor)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. This film depicts scenes of Manila, sea coast villages and the fishing industry and mountain areas in the Philippines, showing the work of EUB partners in the United Church. It shows the work of the church in teacher training, education, and medicine. A major strength of this film is that it shows realistically the indigenous church at work; the photography is true to life. Although there may be more interest shown for the film in EUB churches and others whose denominations are part of the United Church in the Philippines, there is almost no denominational emphasis. It would be recommended for instruction and discussion in overseas missions with senior highs through adults.
Topics: Asia; Missions; Moving image; Philippines
ID: MS-010

Korean Caravan - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 25m
Alan Shilin Films - Dynamic Films, (producer)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Methodist work prior to the military take-over is pictured here. Missionaries based in Seoul organize a field trip for medical and evangelistic services to an outlying village.
Topics: Asia; Korea; Medical missions; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-009

The Cross in Japan - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 32m
Lloyd E. Young, (producer) ; Department of World Mission, Evangelical United Brethren, (producer) ; Douglas Cox, (Director) ; Betty Erickson, (Screenwriter) ; Dale Munier (editor), (cast) ; Art Gilmore (narrator), (cast) ; Howarrd Culver (narrator), (cast)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Using his scrapbook of pictures, a missionary describes the work of the denomination in Japan. In churches, schools, and hospitals, the missionaries work with the Japanese to proclaim the total Christian message. Although specific EUB projects are visualized, the work illustrated is largely free from denominational labelling. There is a good overall view of the culture and religions of Japan; and the emphasis on working with, rather than for, the indigenous people is to be commended. Photography is excellent, the script is good. For instruction, promotion, and motivation of junior highs through adults, it is highly recommended for the producing denomination, recommended for other denominations.
Topics: Asia; Japan; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-005

Cross Over Hong Kong - Missions Series


Date:1963
Length: 27m
Lloyd Young, (producer) ; Terry Howard, (Screenwriter) ; Jules Padilla (editor), (cast)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. This film points out many needs of refugees in Hong Kong, resulting from problems such as poor housing and lack of employment. The work of the church, and particularly of Pastor Wong and his staff, is shown. An accurate portrayal of the current situation in Hong Kong, strong story development, and a sound and contemporary interpretation of the relationship of the church to culture combine to make this an effective and useful film. The work of the church in providing schools, community centers, nurseries, etc. is described, and emphasis is placed on the advantages of interdenominational cooperation. The need for the church to meet physical as well as spiritual needs is stressed. The film is highly recommended for instruction, discussion, promotion and motivation with juniors through adults.
Topics: Asia; Hong Kong; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-006

Touching Untouchables (Reel I) - Missions Series


Date:Undated
Length: 23m

Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Life of the outcastes in an Indian village is depicted through the daily activities and work of a family: drawing water, binding turban, spinning, weaving, cooking, plowing. Missionaries arrive with their message that all people are equal in the sight of God. At a mass meeting the first converts are baptized (by sprinkling). Later a decision is made to build a church. A mission school and its activities are shown. Good photography and commentary. Recommended for use with mission studies on India. Though a dated film, it is still usable. However, It should be explained that untouchability haS now been abolished officially by law. Generally nondenominational in content, other denominations will find use for this film, especially in tbe silent version.
Topics: Asia; India; Medical missions; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-013