Agro-joint colonies in the Crimea
Refer to RG-60.4679 on Film ID 2847 for the description and better visual quality of the first seven minutes of this film footage.
01:08:02 Dr. Yefim Lubarsky, vice-president of the Agro-Joint, presents flowers to Pauline Baerwald Falk and Evelyn Morrissey. The women smile at the camera. Scene of a grassy field shot from a moving car. Scenes showing one or more of the Agro-Joint colonies visited by the Falks and Evelyn Morrissey: two oxen yoked together beside a car; LS of a young boy running down a road beside a long line of houses; a woman carries two buckets of water. The next scenes may be in the colony of Lunacharka. Evelyn Morrissey writes in her book that the group visited a flock of merino sheep kept by the colonists. The footage shows shepherds herding sheep. One shepherd hooks a sheep with his crook and allows Dr. Lubarsky to pull off some wool for inspection. 01:10:06 Pauline Falk rinses her hands in water from a large pipe. Dr. Lubarsky stands beside her. Panning shot of a group of Agro-Joint colonists. Dr. Lubarsky talks to a woman; Pauline Falk talks and laughs with a young man. These scenes may have been shot in Simferopol, which was the group's last stop before they moved on to Yalta.
01:10:26 LS of the Black Sea and the roads that wind down to the coast. Shot of a synagogue or a church in Yalta (?). CU of a local man. Shots of ships in a busy port. View of people waving to a departing ship, shot from the ship. This could be the SS Abkhazia, on which the Falks and Evelyn Morrissey sailed from Batoum to Odessa on June 10th, 1935. Views of the shore from the ship and of people on the ship, including Pauline Falk. Back on land, Pauline Falk smiles at the camera and stands up through the sunroof of a car. A shot of seagulls and waves crashing on the rocky coastline. Extreme CUs of Pauline Falk reclining on a rock. More shots of the landscape and the coast, followed by Pauline Falk posing playfully for the camera.
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Also in Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Collection
Footage shot by Myron S. Falk, Jr. on a 1935 trip to the Crimea sponsored by the Agro-Joint, an arm of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The Falks shot film of schools, vineyards, and irrigation projects in several Agro-Joint colonies in the Crimea, as well as some scenic shots of the Black Sea coast. The trip doubled as their honeymoon.
The location of the first scene may be Pervomaysk, which Pauline Baerwald Falk, Myron S. Falk Jr., and Evelyn Morrissey visited on June 7. Pervomaysk was the location of an Agro-Joint sponsored colony of Jewish farmers. A group of young children and their minders pose for the camera and play in the open air. One child holds up a book. CU of a child looking into the camera. Two horses tow a wagon piled high with hay. Houses are visible in the background. LS of several people standing in front of a house. The camera pans down to a young boy who smiles at the camera. CU of the hands of a young girl holding a book. Several small children peer at the camera and wave. A bald man in a white shirt removes a rail from a wooden fence and throws it to the ground. Men tend to a well that is pumping water out of the ground. This may be in Ratenstadt in the Kolay district, another Agro-Joint colony, which the Falks and Morrissey visited on June 8. Evelyn Morrissey writes that they visited a well there and that Myron, an engineer, and Yefim Lubarsky, vice-president of the Agro-Joint, discussed technicalities with another man (Mr. Raskin? Or his assistant, Zaitchik?). Pauline Baerwald Falk (wearing a plaid shirt and a head scarf) rinses her hands with water from a pipe in front of the well. Lubarsky walks into the shot and the camera pans up to his face. Two other men work on the well. Pauline Baerwald Falk runs across a field toward the camera. A man fills buckets of water from the gushing pipe. 01:02:31 Evelyn Morrissey holds a still photo camera and talks to the person shooting the footage. The camera pans along a line of young children who sit on a ledge in front of a house. CU of a boy who stares at the camera while a man (presumably his father) holds him. More shots of the children. Yefim Lubarsky exits a house. A group of children and adults, including Evelyn Morrissey, walk away from a house. Children peer out from behind a fence. A vineyard with people working, filmed from a moving vehicle. More shots of the vineyard. Lubarsky was responsible for introducing grape growing to the Ago-Joint colonies. Pauline Falk, then Evelyn Morrissey climb up a ladder. View of the man in the white suit and a farmer in the vineyard, shot from atop the ladder. Pauline Falk climbs down the ladder and makes faces at the camera. CU of the man in the white suit and the farmer. Myron S. Falk, Jr. takes a picture of a man working in the field. A woman in a dress and a bandana tends the field and three men examine the crop. Dr Lubarsky talks to several men in the field while Evelyn Morrissey stands nearby with her camera. Dr. Lubarsky picks flowers in a field and gives some to Pauline Baerwald Falk and some to Evelyn Morrissey. The group, including the bald man from an earlier scene, the man in the white suit and hat (either Raskin or Zaitchik?), and Pauline Falk and Evelyn Morrissey, stand around the car next to a field. The bald man wipes down the car with a cloth. Another shot of Evelyn Morrissey and Pauline Falk holding the flowers.