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Pathé: Tanganyika Independent 1961

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is titled ‘Tanganyika Independent 1961’ – footage of the independence celebrations of Tanganyika, which eventually became the mainland of present-day Tanzania. Tanzania celebrates its 60th Independence anniversary this year on 9 December.

With this film, students could consider:

  • How would you describe the tone and attitude of the film?
  • What are the different forms of celebrations shown in the film? Why do you think they were part of the Independence Day?
  • What do you think the people in the crowds watching the celebrations were thinking or feeling?
  • Research the history of Tanganyika to find out why and how it achieved independence.
  • Research the independence movements of other former British colonies in Africa. What are their similarities and differences compared to the independence of Tanganyika?

This film could be used for studies of the post war era focussed on the British Empire and independence movements in the 20th century. It can be used alongside our themed collection Indian Independence, looking at the independence of another former British colony, and our lesson African Nurses to look at 20th century immigration from Africa to the UK.

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