Archive / Films / Bowlby Collection – Film 1


B&W. 16:52min. Rangoon, Shan State (Myanmar). 1940. Film made by Major H.S. Bowlby. Start of a journey by car. Road signs – State boundary; Burma. Federated Shan States. Road scenes showing villagers, porters, various means of local transport. Steam engine on a small gauge rail track. Delivery cisterns for the Burma Oil Company (BOC). Burmese peasants riding water buffalos across a field. European family being served tea on a veranda. Views of a city filmed from atop a hill. Men leg-rowing. River scenes of men leg rowing and wooden houses on stilts. Leg rowing (boat) competition on Inle Lake during the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival attended by the Sawbwa of Yawnghwe, Sao Shwe Thaik, his wife, the Mahadevi of Yawnghwe Sao Hearn Hkam, and by Mrs and Mr Bowlby. Scenes of Burmese villagers. Game of cricket (possibly played at the Yenangyaung Club). Bazaar scenes.


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