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Marshall Plan Filmography (MPF)

Film Details
Filmography Code: FDM-4-A?
Archive/Control Number: IWMFVA/OTAN 41
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: Inquire directly to archive
Type of Material: Motion Pictures
Series: None (but see Description)
Film Date: 1952?
Description: Sound (Belgian French?), 28 min. (?) NB: IWMFVA has record of only one copy of this film, but there may be two separate copies, one in Belgian French and one in Belgian Dutch/Flemish. Further research is needed. Mahmoud, a young Berber boy in what was then French Morocco, loves his village school and his French schoolmistress. Feeling abandoned when she is transferred to Casablanca, he steals some money from the school in order to follow. On his journey, Mahmoud discovers the wonders of his large and varied country, from the snows of the Atlas Mountains to the teeming city of Casablanca. And everywhere there are machines— automobiles, railroad engines, and cranes in the city's port. But there is also the dark side of Casablanca-the Bidonvilles (slums), the beggars, and the wild gangs of boys like himself. He locates his teacher and, with her help, finds a small job, which allows him to make restitution to his old school. Despite his youth, he is accepted by a technical school and learns to drive and repair farm tractors. He reconciles with his family and hopes one day soon to become the village tractor-driver. This "docudrama" (both leads are actors) is another example of how Marshall Plan authorities used the film medium to promote and ease social change. 1952? Producer: Roger Leenhardt, director Pierre Levent, camera Marcel Devriez, editing Suzanne Gaveau, music Guy Bernard, actors Nadine Alari and Abdelatif Taibi. Produced by Les Films du Compas, Paris, for ECA France. NB: The original version, La FUGUE DE MAHMOUD (4R, 35 min), was produced in France in 1950. This shorter version is probably similar to those produced in 1952 by MSA in Dutch, Norwegian, German, and Flemish. See also The STORY OF MAHMOUD, the 3R (28-min.) version in English edited by MSA for THE STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD series in 1952.
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