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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

Country of Islam - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 16m
Gunther V. Fritsch, (Director)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Through the eyes of a twelve-year old Muslim boy, the film interprets life in Morocco. Mustafa leaves his home village to seek an education in the city and his journey is full of new and interesting experiences. The efforts of the country to raise its people's living standards are set against backgrounds of Islamic culture, economic problems, and lack of educational programs at present. Excellent photography and scripting merit a highly recommended as an instructional material with junior highs through adults. The informational content is shared with appealing interest, and the film contributes to understanding of the culture involved as well as the role of Islam in that culture. The problems of underdeveloped areas and/or new countries are shown clearly in this fine example of a "secular" production with real relevance to missionary studies.
Topics: Africa; Missions; Morocco; Moving image
ID: MS-004

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

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

Congo Journey - Missions Series


Date:1958
Length: 28m
Lloyd Young, (producer) ; Douglas Cox, (Director) ; H. Kenn Carmichael, (Screenwriter) ; Verne Smith (Narrator), (cast) ; Jules Padilla (Editorial), (cast)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. A personal guide takes viewers on a tour of Methodist mission activity in the Belgian Congo. Beginning in rural areas with glimpses of daily life, customs, and religious rites, the film moves on to cities and their contemporary scenes of people and places. When focusing on Christianity's impact upon the country, the film documents the increasing role played by indigenous clergy and lay leadership, and especially its role in helping rural Congolese adjust to city life as they move in search of the benefits of industrialization. Challenging without being particularly moving, the material could be useful with others than Methodists. As is almost expected in a half-hour film, only some of the pertinent problems and accomplishments are covered but those that are receive generally adequate attention. Some may feel the approach is too general; others will welcome the absence of statistics and an attempt at probing beneath them. As implied above, the various Methodist identifications are not excessive or distracting; in truth, the note of urgency sounded on behalf of this entire continent is most valid for all Christians. The film is recommended for instruction and promotion with juniors through adults.
Topics: Africa; Congo; Education, secondary; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-003

Christ Comes to Nigeria - Missions Series


Date:1959
Length: 28m
Alexander B. Ferguson, (producer) ; Ray Garner, (Director) ; Jarvis Couillard, (Screenwriter)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches Through the eyes of a missionary doctor, we see the work of the church in upper Nigeria. A native teacher and a native preacher help him to carry on the work of the mission, as together they try to answer the need for more medical and other help. Recommended for instruction and discussion with senior highs through adults, the film presents a clear picture of the needs of a typical mission station in Africa and the ways in which one small group of Christian workers are answering them. The technical qualities are good. These is very little denominational emphasis, so the film would be useful to all churches for missionary education.
Topics: Africa; Medical missions; Missions; Moving image; Nigeria; Video
ID: MS-002

Mission in Bolivia - Missions Series


Date:1959
Length: 27m
William F. Fore, (producer) ; Nicholas Reed, (Screenwriter) ; Sylvia Cummins Betts (editor), (cast)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Opening with a brief historical and geographical study of the country, the film moves into an account of the church at work there. While Methodist labels are present here and there, primary stress is laid upon the training of indigenous leadership. This latter point, as well as the generally excellent portrait of the country, render the production useable with more than Methodist audiences. The various sequences are long enongh to develop ideas at hand, but not so long as to become monotonous. The color print is highly recommended for instruction, promotion, and motivation among junior highs through adults in the sponsoring body, and recommended for instruction among the same ages in other communions.
Topics: Bolivia; Missions; Moving image; South America
ID: MS-011