Ceylon: the new dominion

United Kingdom, 1948

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Episode of Series “This Modern Age”.
A survey of the history and position (as at 1948) of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the newest Dominion of the British Commonwealth. Shows the civilization of the Lion People who invaded Ceylon from Northern India; the influence of Portugese and Dutch colonization which preceded British rule. The achievements of a 150 years of British rule are evaluated. The practical results of British government in terms of increased production of tea, rubber and coconuts are illustrated. Shows the modern educational system; defeat of malaria; extension of irrigation and recolonization of the north; difficulties facing the new Dominion. The population of six and a half million people is made up of five races with four religions and three languages. Poverty, lack of finance, high cost of imported food are barriers to progress, but progressive social schemes have been started.

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Credits

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J. Arthur Rank

Duration

00:20:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1948

Appears in

This Modern Age

Group of items

This Modern Age

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

001851

Language

English

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industries - Sri Lanka

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Sri Lanka - Commerce

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Sri Lanka - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Sri Lanka

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Sri Lanka - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Sri Lanka - Social life and customs

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Colonies

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Commonwealth of Nations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Sri Lanka - Rural conditions

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → Colonies

History → Commonwealth of Nations

History → History

History → Sri Lanka - History

Places → Sri Lanka

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

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Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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