A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Travelogue, our newest series exclusively available here, is a glimpse into what travel looked like throughout the twentieth century to amateur filmmakers. Often politically poignant or reflective of national zeitgeist, the reels uncovered in hidden collections record the world overseas. This episode was created from the reels of Watson Kintner, who visited Fez, Morocco in 1951. Kintner films the workings of Fez’s hydraulic systems, used to irrigate gardens and distribute water throughout the city. Fez no longer relies on water wheels to power city projects as it did when Kintner visited, with one exception. The water wheel at the famous Jnan Sbil garden was restored in recent years, to honor its historical significance.
Produced by David Conover & Paul Villanova
Compare this footage from 1951 to the Fez of today with O.A.T. during Morocco Sahara Odyssey..