Series Title: State Department South America Series


Perhaps the first documentary ever made about Paraguay, this film is an overview of the geographic regions and peoples. Scenes of the Makka and Itaqua Indians, and Asuncion's docks, business district, and monuments. Discusses the importance of the Paraguay River, the reliance on agriculture, and the problems posed by the Gran Chaco. (Jane M. Loy, Latin American Research Review, vol.12 no.3, 1977)


Sponsored Film; General Orientation (Adamson-Seaton Film Classifications)

Country/Location: Paraguay

Tribe or Group: Makka and Itaqua

Producer: Julien Bryan

Cinematographer: Julien Bryan, William James, Francis Thompson

Production Company: Julien Bryan

Additional Production: Graphics by Philip Stapp; Music by Gene Forrell; Narrated by Julien Bryan

Running Time: 17 min.

Years Filmed: 1943

Decade Produced: 1940s

Film Gauge: 35mm

Stock: B&W Nitrate

Footage Count: 608'

Sound: Narrated

Notes: Made for the Federal Government (FDR good neighbor policy). Julien Bryan contracted by FDR administration. Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, Nelson Rockefeller, in charge of contracting filmmakers to make movies in South America. There are 23 films in the CI-AA series.

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