This film was taken in early '65. It documents the visit that my mother and I took with my English grandfather, Percival Scarrott (aka, "Grandad," and "Perce" by his wife, Dorothy), and Dorothy Ethel Roberts, my Welsh grandmother, whom I always called Nanny, to Luxor and Aswan. Of interest here is the Old Cataract Hotel, before the new wing was added, and before any hotels were erected on the once beautifully unspoiled Nile islands. What you see here is the riverscape as it was, with its timeless majesty and grandeur intact. Also of historical interest is the record this clip provides of the building of Egypt's High Dam. It was trumpeted by Nasser at the time as the triumph of the non-aligned Socialist experiment in Egypt. In reality, the construction of this dam resulted in an ecological disaster. It also caused the destruction of a way of life for the Nubian people. I've left in most of the voiceover by my mother (including some back seat prompting by my Dad) that was later added when the videos (which were produced from the crumbling, old 8mm filmd we had of the period) were transferred to DVD. The song you hear towards the end is called the Saad El Aali, a triumphalist piece of nationalistic chest-beating, sung by the late Abdel el Halim Hafez. The final sequence was taken in Kitchner's Island. As with my other clips of the period, and considering the age of the original films and the extraodinary processing (with several changes in media and format along the way) they went trhough, it is almost impossible to achieve a higher visual definition, such as is possible today with modern digital equipment. Nevertheless, something is better than nothing, in my book. Enjoy!