The Afro-Asian conference opens in Indonesia. Traffic on the road. A sign reads 'SWRAHA' on a building. Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru arrives for the conference in Jakarta Indonesia and his party ascends the steps of Merdeka Palace. Dignitaries from Asia and Africa seated on table. They talk about how to promote Afro-Asian economic and cultural cooperation, and oppose colonialism or neocolonialism by the United States. Men in the background record the conference. A sign reads 'Indonesia' 'Birma' Sailan' on a table. A map of the Republic of Indonesia.
The promise of independence for Indonesia is broadcast throughout the city of Jakarta, following a ceremony at Istana Gambir, or the Gambir Palace (later renamed the Merdeka Palace). Exterior of Gambir Palace in Jakarta Indonesia. Indonesian leader Sukarno, head of the Japanese-created Poesat Tenaga Rakjat (POETERA - Concentration of People's Power) emerges from a car, climbs steps, and enters the Gambir Palace. He stands together with other Indonesian officials. Imperial Japanese Army Lt-General Kumakichi Harada addresses the gathering and delivers news of Japanese Prime Minister Koiso's September 7, 1944 promise of future independence for Indonesia (the so-called Koiso Declaration). Large Japanese flag seen on the wall behind speakers. Sukarno approaches General Harada , bows and then speaks into a microphone. Scenes of jubilation in the streets of Jakarta as citizens hear the news that Japan has promised future independence for Indonesia (date undeclared). A man standing atop a truck announces the news over a megaphone. People stand near the truck, listen and cheer. A caravan of loaded trucks rolls slowly through a Jakarta neigborhood spreading the news about the promised independence. Citizens cheer and smile. People standing at a railway station and at stopped trains hear the news and cheer. Citizens including men, women, and many children wave to the passing caravan. Sign on side of truck includes words "Bangsa Indonesia diperkenankan merdeka" meaning "Indonesia allowed Independence". Clip is from a Japanese newsreel during World War 2, with Japanese narration.
A film shows Bandung, Indonesia preparing for the first Asian-African Conference in April 1955. People and vehicular traffic on a road. Guards outside doors in a building. A map shows Asia and Africa. Dignitaries including Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and others climb up the stairs of a building. Delegates of the organizing countries such as Burma, Indonesia and India in a conference. A map of the Republic of Indonesia. People in the streets.
A film 'This is Bandung' shows preparations in Bandung, Indonesia for the first Asian-African Conference in April 1955. Fields in western Java province of Indonesia. The preparations for the conference underway. Cars on highways leading to Bandung. People in a market place. Open air cafes on the sides of streets. People buy fruits and vegetables in an open air market. A board reads 'Kebun Binatang Zoological Garden Bandung'. People look at animals in the zoological garden. People swim in a swimming pool. A car drives on a road. People on horses. Women look at flowers in a park. People at a lakeside. Ducks in the lake. Hotels in the city. Interior of a hotel. Women in gowns in a fashion show. A woman performs a traditional dance. A puppet show being performed. Places of worship of different religions in the city. The conference building under renovation. Delegates of Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan, Ceylon and India, who are responsible for organizing the conference, in meetings. A blind people's institute. Blind people reading from Braille books. A deaf mute girl child is taught. A teacher writes on a blackboard in a classroom. A man teaches a blind and deaf child.
A film shows Bandung, Indonesia preparing for the first Asian-African Conference in April 1955. A thread factory in Bandung, Indonesia. Spools of thread rotate. Women at work in the factory. Men work in a tea industry. A horse race underway. Cars on a road passing through a jungle. A railway station. People sitting in a train. The train pulls into a station. A volcanic mountain. A busy market place. A map of Indonesia showing Java. A crossroad with people and vehicular traffic all around. An aerial view of the city. People sitting in a hotel.
View of Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Traffic passing and Indonesia press club in background. Shows giant mural on front of the building. Russian-made vehicle parked in front of the press club.