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Travelogue: Zimbabwe 1948

Posted on 7/11/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

What did a trip to Zimbabwe look like 70 years ago? In this episode of our series Travelogue, amateur filmmakers and travel savants Arthur and Kate Tode lug two spring-powered 16mm film cameras southbound through Zimbabwe. One thing that immediately struck me while screening these reels was that air travel in the 1940's was a new mode of public travel. The Todes point their lenses downward out the windows of their aircraft, looking at the Zambezi River below, and insert a slide that reads: “Aerial Views Are the Best!” I agree with the Todes, and recall our own recent film shoot at the Falls, using an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone). Aerial filming platforms have changed too!

Produced by David Conover & Paul Villanova

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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