I had not the chance to query this story before shooting as I came across it while spending the weekend on this particular farm, although I had shot the story previously on 35mm for the COI and shipped it through the British Information Services here in Nairobi.
Silent. Cows being driven up past the new farmers sitting on drinking trough.
Various shots of african and european farmers talking together.
Farmers walking away from camera.
Farmers and Low fencing round new farms. various shots.
CUs of farmers looking over land that is being cleared.
Various shots of tractor ploughing over land that has never been farmed before.
Sheep grazing and watering, followed by CUs of farmers looking at lamb.
Working oxen that farmers had purchased - grazing with herd boy watching over them.
Farm workers clearing scrub on maize plantation. When land is first cleared of scrub sunflowers are planted, followed by maize and then coffee can be planted which is the aim of every African farmer.
African farmer inspects his maize crop and close up.
Low and African farmer inspecting coffee crop and CU of coffee beans.
Low assists in bush clearing - this land that was formerly owned by Low has never been in production before, but they hope that by next year coffee will be growing where the bush has previously been.
Milking cow in CU followed by three year old 'toto' drinking glass milk. Trying to show how all this will improve the lot of the Africans living on the co-operative farms.
400 ft SOF. Low being interviewed by Scott-Reid. Questions to camera, which are continued on following.
After questions to camera some european settlers who are not leaving Kenya and following the example of Low are asked for their opinions on the scheme.
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Background: I had not the chance to query this story before shooting as I came across it while spending the weekend on this particular farm, although I had shot the story previously on 35mm for the COI and shipped it through the British Information Services here in Nairobi. If no use can be found for it then I would be grateful if you would ship it back to me debiting the cost of stock etc to my account, but with the interesting aspects presented I would think that it would fit into one of the BBC programmes - anyway have a look and see.
Mr. Michael Low how was born in Kenya has over the past years been farming on a farm of 1095 acres, and only some 600 of those acres are were under production. He intended staying in the country and not selling out to the government when the majority of the european farmers in the country could not get rid of their farms quick enough. His idea was ask his former labour on the farm if they were prepared to come into partnership with him if he provided them with farms of approximately 50acres. they were keen on the idea and the government was approached by Low and his scheme was presented to them for their consideration and subsequent purchase of the acreage that he could not farm himself. Over 400acres were bought by the government and granted to Low's former labourers to be repayed over a period of 30 years. The co-operative was formed by Low and the certificate of co-operative was presented to him and his farmers by the government. Low assisted the new farmers in,planning and bush clearing, and hire them his equipment such as ploughs and tractors etc. for the development of their land. The sound interview will give the whole idea of what he is aiming at, and this was carried out by Don Scott-Reid of the Information staff at Aden, he is on holiday in this part of the world now. But if the film is used he would prefer that his name is not mentioned for obvious reasons. During the last scene in which three old settler types are talked to one of them refers to the time that he arrived in the country and said that the inhabitants of the Kitale area where cannibals Low heard this and would prefer that this was not used as if may create a rather bad feeling with the government at the moment, and to my knowledge it is not in fact the truth.