Guiné – Aspectos Industriais e Agricultura / Guinea-Bissau – Industrial and Agricultural Aspects

by Augusto Seara
(Documentary, Portugal, 1929, 12'30”, BW, silent Fr ST)

Guiné – Aspectos Industriais e Agricultura


Seara carefully documents the agricultural work of the Guineans – a heading indicates the names of the peoples. Harvesting of peanuts, coconuts, rice, cotton, followed by weaving and sewing, cutting of sugar cane and extraction; handicraft jewelry work and Muslim prayer. No white colonial settlers are shown in the frame…


The Cinematographic Brigades of 1929

In order to make known the colonies of the Empire in the international exhibitions that are multiplying in Europe, the General Agency of Colonies sends three “Cinematographic Brigades” to Africa. The Army Film Service sends its operator Augusto Seara to the islands of São Tomé and Prince and then to Guinea-Bissau. Another film crew, composed of António Antunes da Mata, director, and operator César de Sá, will bring back from Angola a dozen short films. The Mozambique Brigade is led by Fernandes Tomaz. These teams produced several short films, some of which were presented in the Ibero-American Exhibition in Seville (1929), the International, Colonial, Maritime and Flemish Art Exhibition in Antwerp (1930) and the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris (1931). The four films dated 1929 are particularly interesting for the eclecticism of their subjects and treatments. They reveal that the missions were probably not very defined in terms of content and political objectives.

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