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Summary: The prisoner of war camp at El Maadi (or Heliopolis ?) in Egypt for Turkish other ranks prisoners, 1917 (?).
Description: Views of the camp, showing that "prisoners have ample room for exercise". The prisoners' band of mandolins, violins and drums plays to an audience of prisoners in the open. Prisoners help to unload a ration wagon. Prisoners march "to their dinners" across the compound. The "shower baths and washing places". A wrestling bout staged for entertainment between two of the prisoners, while others watch. Half way through this is speeded up (for comic effect ?) by undercranking the camera. The same audience watches two prisoners dancing. The film ends with two prisoners kicking a football about.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Jeapes, Harold (Production individual)
Hurley, Frank1885-10-151962-01-16Australian photographer (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Ottoman Army, prisoners (regiment/service)
Keywords: prisoners of war, Turkish - custody: [+] (object name)
society, Turkish military - ethnic (object name)
society, Turkish military - sport: wrestling (object name)
propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
Egypt & El Maadi (?) <prisoner of war camp> (geography)
Egypt & Heliopolis (?) <prisoner of war camp> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 894 ft; Running time: 15 mins
Notes: Summary: the appearance of the camp is consistent with descriptions of both El Maadi and Heliopolis, but closer to the first.
Remarks: fairly mild propaganda, consistent with the British approach of 'the propaganda of facts' in handling prisoner of war subjects which can be seen in IWM 436 and IWM 441.