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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

Healing of M'Vondo (Reel II) - Missions Series


Date:Undated
Length: 12m

Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. M'Vondo, a boy in the Congo, discovers one day that he has leprosy. He is shunned by all his friends and feels very lonesome and miserable. His father takes him to the mission leper settlement in Elat, where he is received very cordially by the other lepers, especially by a kindly woman who mothers him. He goes to school and church, helps in the workshops. He receives treatment which results in his cure after three years. He is dismissed with a touching farewell service on the part of the remaining lepers, and joyfully returns home. A fine story simply and effectively presented. Well staged and acted by amateurs in Africa with authentic setting and background. Photography generally good, color sometimes uneven, shadows too dark. Titles on scenery background. Pace and action is slow, but just right for audiences not used to the Hollywood pace of motion pictures. Recommended for missionary education, instruction and promotion of missions. Of special interest in showing what medical missions are doing, and for general evangelistic purposes.
Topics: Africa; Congo; Medical missions; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-008

Healing of M'Vondo (Reel I) - Missions Series


Date:Undated
Length: 11m

Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. M'Vondo, a boy in the Congo, discovers one day that he has leprosy. He is shunned by all his friends and feels very lonesome and miserable. His father takes him to the mission leper settlement in Elat, where he is received very cordially by the other lepers, especially by a kindly woman who mothers him. He goes to school and church, helps in the workshops. He receives treatment which results in his cure after three years. He is dismissed with a touching farewell service on the part of the remaining lepers, and joyfully returns home. A fine story simply and effectively presented. Well staged and acted by amateurs in Africa with authentic setting and background. Photography generally good, color sometimes uneven, shadows too dark. Titles on scenery background. Pace and action is slow, but just right for audiences not used to the Hollywood pace of motion pictures. Recommended for missionary education, instruction and promotion of missions. Of special interest in showing what medical missions are doing, and for general evangelistic purposes.
Topics: Africa; Congo; Medical missions; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-007