River of diamonds

South Africa, 1965

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Gives the colorful history of the Orange River, lifeblood of half of South Africa’s cities in the east and its farms in the west. We see the mountains where the river rises, the farms and cities along its course, with the dams and tunnels now changing its face. Diamond mining has been the major industry since diamonds were discovered in 1866; now underwater drilling has commenced where the Orange enters the sea.



Antony Thomas


J. Blake Dalrymple

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Films of Africa







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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Dams

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Diamond mines and mining

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Drilling and boring

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farming

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industries - South Africa

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Cities and towns

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → South Africa - Description and travel

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Underwater exploration

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Dams

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rivers - Regulation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rural conditions

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Dams


Documentary → Documentary films - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Rural conditions

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Underwater exploration

Short films

Short films → Short films - South Africa




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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