Amanullah trip to Egypt
Duration: 00:09:36; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 208.222; Saturation: 0.043; Lightness: 0.212; Volume: 0.049; Cuts per Minute: 10.301; Words per Minute: 1.145
Summary: Date (Afghan Calendar): 1305
A silent film with faded intertitles in French and Dari, documenting Amanullah's trip to Egypt in 1927.
Footage Source: Afghan Films editing dept tape
commentary by Mohammed Kassem Karimi, Afghan Films sound recordist
King Amanullah (1919-29 - visible in military uniform, saluting) was the first to bring cinema to Afghanistan. He brought the first projectors and he himself worked it the first time, in a theater in Paghman, which he converted in the evenings into Afghanistan's first cinema.This is in 1927.
All those earliest films were silent - mostly films of Amanullah's voyages (1927-28), which the king would narrate himself. [This film of Amanullah's voyage to Egypt is an example of that, but with intertitles probably added later.]
تشريف صاحب الجلالة ملك مصر محطة العاصمة لاستقبال جلالة ملك الافغان
When Amanullah left for his six-month trip, the first stop was India. The film of him in India was sent back to Afghanistan by the Indian government and arrived after two months, well in advance of Amanullah's own return. The Foreign Ministry received the film and projected it for the public. That was the beginning of cinema in Afghanistan.