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Scene from a 1936 Italian documentary, in which Italians show a newsreel to an audience in Abyssinia
(Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum: COI 36)
IWM COI 36; Italian documentary, 1936


  1. What is shown on the newsreel?

  2. Who is leading the parade (the clue is in the voiceover which mentions ‘Il Duce’)?

  3. How do the Abyssinians react to the newsreel?

  4. Do you think their reaction is genuine?

  5. This source is part of an Italian documentary of the conquest of Abyssinia. Why might this scene have been filmed?