Educational film showing life in the Jordan Valley - work, religion, landscape etc.
Reel 2. Map used to show "how far we have travelled". Route of the Jordan is shown - through Jerico and entering the Dead Sea. Jordan leaves the Sea of Galilee as a much wider river. Panning shot of the river banks. M/S of camels at the waters edge with their riders. Herdsmen with flock of sheep and goats move close to the river. L/S of landscape. L/S of a combine harvester at work. Closer shot of the combine moving along. This is compared with a neighbouring farm where two men cut the crop with small hand scythe. The Bible story of Ruth is mentioned. C/U of the men working. The Jordan is joined by another river - the Yarma (sp?). Panning shot of the landscape - a steep and rugged gorge. Panning shot of a large lake. Aerial shots of the route of the Jordan - it has many turns and is bordered by malarial swamps. Arid landscape. Aerial shots of mountainous landscapes. High angle shots of the mountains. Voiceover talks of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Also talks of the creatures which live in the landscapes and of brigands and bandits. Part of the Jerico/Jerusalem Road. Two trucks climb a steep road.
Voiceover speaks of the massacre of Jerico. Walled pools of Elisha (sp?) - various shots. M/S of two men standing beside a walled channel which carries the water. A sycamore tree. Men and their beasts walk along a road. High angle shot of the plains of Moad (sp?) M/S of the shrine to commemorate the baptism of Christ. L/S of the Jordan. Panning shot of the Dead Sea. The Old Testament story of Lot's wife being turned into a pillar of salt is recounted on soundtrack. Panning shot of salt being reclaimed by the sea. L/S of men digging into a bank of salt and shovelling it into trucks on wheels. Closer shot of the men at work. L/S of Dead Sea. Southern end of the Jordan Valley.
Produced with the Co-operation of the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education.
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