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About: FW: PLEA FOR HELP--East African Film

Tue, 26 Aug 1997 16:40:54 -0400 (EDT)

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    Originally from: Amber Vogel <>
    Originally dated: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 16:40:54 -0400 (EDT)

    I hesitate to clarify Sarah Byatt's request for materials
    for her film. But since she's travelling this week, I'll
    plunge in!

    Apparently Sarah's particular film unit at the BBC deals in
    natural history, and the footage she's been given to work
    with focuses exclusively on the landscape and some wildlife,
    rather than on people.

    Although Sarah's message mentioned the responses of
    explorers/settlers/travellers to the landscape, my
    understanding is that her plan is to include African as well
    as other voices. (So far, our sources go back to Periplus.)
    We know, for instance, that--before Krapf and Rebmann
    arrived-- Africans in the region had already sent an
    expedition to explore the snows of Kilimanjaro. The story
    of the survivor of that expedition is among those we've
    gathered. We've also collected a number of tales and poems
    from the oral tradition, which Tomas mentions in his
    message, and similar materials. But we know we've only
    touched the surface, and any additional leads (particularly
    related to African writers) would be very welcome, indeed!

    Many thanks,
    Amber Vogel

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