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Linker, Hal 1916  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 DVD (23 minutes) sound color DVD
master 1 videocassette (23 minutes) sound color BetacamSP
archival original 1 video reel (23 minutes) sound color 2 inch
Television programs
Bora-Bora (French Polynesia)
ca 1973
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
supplementary materials: publicity materials, books, photographs, sound recordings
Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Footage was shot on the island of Bora Bora highlighting the beauty of the beaches and marine animals. Located in French Polynesia in the South Sea, the island is home to only a few hundred people and the town, with churches and schools from the missionary days, as well as picturesque tourist cottages with thatched roofs, is shown. There are many shots of clear water and sandy beaches lined in palm trees. A land crab is shown defending itself. The two large peaks of the island are also shown as well as an examples of the many ancient temples called Maraes (places of worship built several hundred years ago by the chieftains). Inside the Maraes, the Linkers film carvings of sea turtles which were considered to be sacred. The camera then goes underwater filming tropical fish, a sea turtle, and coral reef in the shallow waters just off the coast. In the deeper waters, the Linkers film a school of fish and four manta rays feeding. Nighttime celebrating of Bastille Day is shown with betting wheels and dances (professional male and female dancers are dressed in grass costumes). The broadcast ends with a formerly traditional male and female courtship dance.
Cite as:
Courtesy of Halla Linker
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746
Architecture  Search this
Architecture--Religious  Search this
Carving--art--ceremonial  Search this
Temples  Search this
Beaches  Search this
Bastille Day  Search this
Marine animals  Search this
Underwater photography  Search this
Dance  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 2002.16.362
Restrictions & Rights:
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Hal Linker Film and Video Collection, ca. 1955-1985
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Human Studies Film Archives