Salima in transition

United States, 1970

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A documentary of an African culture in transition. Focuses on a secondary school in the town of Salima in Malawi, a former British colony in central Africa. Shows a group of English speaking students in the process of making the transition from their rural background into the educated class of an emerging nation. Pictures life in Salima, and a visit to a village.


production company

Churchill Films


Max Reid

Frances Reid



Production places
United States
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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Africa - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Africa - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Children - Africa

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Great Britain - Colonies

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Village communities - Africa


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Africa - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Culture - Social aspects

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education - Developing countries

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Children - Africa

History → Africa - History

History → Great Britain - Colonies

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




Black and White


16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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