|Title ID||9234||Collection ID||1123|
|Title||Blind Farmers of the Sarawak|
|Theme||Rural Life Working Life|
|Keywords||Charities Communities Disabled Persons Ethnic Groups Farming Handicrafts Health Services Music Passenger Vehicles Trades|
|Format||16mm Colour Sound|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This colour documentary film highlights the work of the the Royal Training Centre for the Blind offering rural farm skills training to blind farmers in Kuching, Sarawak. The training is supervised by 'Ronnie Babonau' under the Freedom from Hunger campaign. Funds come from the local Sarawak association for the Blind and The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. The film has opening and closing titles with a voiceover narrative throughout and some music.
The film shows 'life' at the centre, with trainees preparing meals, playing musical instruments and learning traditional craft skills so that they can provide for themselves and/or their families. Skills include making rope, baskets and repairing fishing nets and hats for working in the fields. The trainees are taught reading and writing in Braille and traditional crop farming techniques, which includes the preparation of the land and the methods for making compost.
The film includes a red Volkswagen (VW) camper van being used as a mobile eye unit, donated to the RCSB.
Mr Ronald A. Babonau was the secretary for the South Western Branch of the National Institute for the Blind, UK in the 1950s. Source: Cornishman, 1950. County Organiser for Blind Retires. Cornishman. Thursday 7th September, p4.