Atacama Desert

Alternative Title: N/A

Series Title: State Department South America Series


Life and industry in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile showing traditional and modern methods of mining copper, nitrate, and iron; desert nomads; and the towns of Chiuchiu, Andacoya, Antofagasta, and Tocopilla. There is a study of the Chuquicamata mining community. Scenes of an Andacoya Christmas fiesta with an Indian juggler and poet on stilts, and of men playing golf on the sand dunes. (Jane M. Loy, Latin American Research Review, vol.12 no.3, 1977) Life and industry in the hot, dry Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Modern mining methods are shown and there is also an interesting study of the life lived by the people of this region. A Julien Bryan film. (1950 NYU Film Library catalog)


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

Country/Location: Chile

Tribe or Group: N/A

Producer: Julien Bryan

Cinematographer: Julien Bryan, William James

Production Company: Julien Bryan

Additional Production: Graphics by Philip Stapp; Script by Tom Cobb; Music by Louis Horst; Narrated by Julien Bryan

Running Time: 17 min.

Years Filmed: 1943

Decade Produced: 1940s

Film Gauge: 35mm

Stock: B&W Nitrate

Footage Count: 601'

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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