A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Africa Speaks! Ubangi (1930)
PLOT DESCRIPTIONUbangi is a filmed account of the Davenport-Quigley expedition into the Belgian Congo. As indicated by the title, the narrative concentrates on the unusual tribes indigenous to the region, and on those tribes' customs and rituals. Whenever the audience has had its fill of close-ups of Ubangi men and women, the producers cut away to shots of zebras, elephants and hippo. No pro-ecology film this, Ubangi offers several gruesome shots of Congolese wildlife being tracked down, killed, and skinned. With all this going on, an interlude with a cannibal tribe nearly qualifies as comedy relief! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Oubangui, river, c.700 mi (1,130 km) long, formed on the Congo (Kinshasa)-Central African Republic border, central Africa, by the confluence of the Uele and Bomu rivers. It flows west and south, forming part of the boundary between Congo (Kinshasa) and the Central African Republic and Congo (Kinshasa) and Congo (Brazzaville), before emptying into the Congo River, of which it is the chief northern tributary. The river is navigable to Bangui.
Woman from the banks of the Ubangi River had stretched their lips over wooden platters up to ten inches wide. The bizarre tribal custom had begun centuries earlier to protect their women from pirate slavery by making their women undesirable
Neighboring Peoples: Ngbandi, Ngombe, Gbaya, Mono
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