A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Travelogue is a series created by my production team, only available here. These short films are a time capsule of sorts—a look back at a place through the lens of the travelers who visited them in the mid-20th century. This episode is shot by amateur film enthusiasts Arthur and Kate Tode in 1948, during their visit to Northern Rhodesia, now known as Zambia. Here we see the ways in which everyday dress customs were full of symbolism. Married women, for example, would cover their chests in decorated clothes, while single women bore bare chests; and men wore leopard-skin as a symbol of masculine power. Nowadays this kind of garb is reserved for special ceremonies, and the men have traded in leopard skin for faux fur. A sign of the times.
Produced by David Conover & Paul Villanova
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