The Films, Books and Expeditions of John L. Brom
Chapter 10: Finishing 20,000 Miles through Africa
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FINISHING 20,000 MILES THROUGH AFRICA
When Brom left the Congo, he was pleased that his odometer indicated over 13,000 miles, and that he had completed enough footage for at least one full-length documentary movie. But upon entering Uganda, he felt that he was suddenly entering another world. While the Belgian Congo was a colony, Uganda seemed more a country of black men who owned land and private enterprises; and in spite of the title “English Protectorate,” white people there were mostly serving in secondary positions, such as teachers and technicians. Here, black men were addressed as ‘sir,’ while in the Congo they were addressed as ‘boys.’ Most women in Uganda’s capital of Kampala wore beautiful European dresses and looked quite modern.
Brom traveled through Queen Elizabeth Park and the Kageru Reserve, where he filmed animals in the wild and surprised a lion family after a kill. He also went to Victoria Lake, fed by waters from Ruwenzori, which produce Africa’s longest river—the mighty Nile—at 4130 miles long. Brom’s camera soon proved that one of the origins of the Nile, called the Blue Nile, is indeed named for its bluish hue.
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