Cast & Crew
Paul L. Hoefler
"From the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean the path of the story stretches--across the black throbbing heart of the untouched Congo. Weird customs, wild dances--age-old rituals of worship to the gods of fertility, of love--flame in the background, accenting the panorama of cruelty, sensuality, and amazing feats of heroism." (Studio pressbook.) The expedition, under explorer Paul L. Hoefler, centers around the region of Kiya Be. The customs and rites of the Wasara people are explained, particularly that of the women who insert large wooden discs in their lower lips, distorting themselves in order to avoid being enslaved by marauding Bedouin chiefs. With respect to the pygmies, it is noted that trial marriage has been perfected "to a state that would shock the sensitive and fascinate the modern mind." Natives are shown struggling with lions; women dance to a jazz phonograph record; and a swarm of locusts covers and devours the African jungle.