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Genres Documentary     Short    
Country UK
Language English
Plot Showing the progress of the natives from barbarism to industrial development. This unique and beautiful series contains the best photographic results of two expeditions through British North Borneo. The expeditions penetrated 127 miles into the interior, some parts of which had never previously been trodden by white men, and the journey bristled with difficulties. The series illustrates not only the commercial enterprise of the British North Borneo Company, but also the quaint manners and strange customs of the natives. As a result, permanent records have been obtained of the customs and ceremonies of native tribes which, owing to the march of civilization, are rapidly disappearing. Life on the plantations and in the rich jungle are also presented, with curious incidents of the route and picturesque views of the magnificent rapids, whirlpools, gorge, mountain and dense forest scenery. The commercial future of this territory is most promising, as the island is rich in mineral wealth and in products of coffee, tobacco, sago, rubber, etc. The present peaceful and profitable occupations of the natives are in striking contrast to those of a few years ago, when the whole of the West Coast was inhabited by disaffected, troublesome pirates, and the interior was haunted by tribes of "head hunters," who harbored the belief that their enemies' skulls possessed the virtue of keeping off evil spirits, and the demand was great. The railway panorama is one of the most unusual that has ever been produced. The very mixed train moves, not only through virgin tropical forest and dense jungle, but past Malay houses built on piles, while the descendants of ferocious pirates walk along the iron way, turning round from time to time to see how near the steam monster is, and then stepping mildly aside to watch it pass.... search for A Trip Through British North Borneo on IMDb

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