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Congo Journey - Missions Series

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