Archival footage shot by Otto Wolf, a Swiss filmmaker, while visiting Syria in the summer of 1960.
It contains stock footage of Damascus, the capital city of the country:
00:01 – In Arabic: “The 23 Tammuz (= July) Revolution (of 1952, in Egypt) was a decisive factor in the liberation of the African and Asian peoples”.
00:03 – strange road pointer: Aleppo is to the north of Damascus and Baghdad to the east.
00:54 – “Dear Emigrants, You Are Now in Your Mother Land” – correctly, “immigrants”, not “emigrants” (now the question is: Who immigrated to Damascus in 1960?) and “Motherland”.
01:05 – a scene in the courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque with Minaret of Jesus (Medinat Isa) to follow.
01:44 – Domus S. Ananiae (House of Saint Ananias), the old Christian quarter of Damascus where Paul the Apostle is believed to have been baptized.
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