UNITED WE STAND - COOPERATIVE FISHING [Main Title]
Government information film on the principles of cooperative marketing.
A dramatic episode set in a Malayan fishing village. First person on soundtrack. The central character, Awan, anxious for money to finance his marriage, begins to sell some of his daily catch direct to a private dealer rather than through the village cooperative. The film relates how his defection encourages others, lured away by the dealer's high prices, and the cooperative is forced to close. Once in a dominant position the dealers reveal their true colours, offering low prices for fish and providing loans only at usurious rates. The villagers are reduced to poverty and indebtedness, and Awan is publicly ostracised. Awan then dreams of the children's 'Goat and Tiger' game, which represents allegorically the advantages of cooperative effort. Convinced by this, he rallies the villagers to reform the cooperative. The fish dealer slinks away and is never seen again. The film ends with the re-established cooperative restoring unity to the village and investing profits to provide corporate benefits such as motorised fishing vessels and a truck to transport the catch to market. Awan wins his bride. United action by the village has restored peace and prosperity.