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Amazon Alive

PART 1 Jungle of the Mind


Length: 3 x 50 min

Format: HD

Year: 2010

Director/Producer:

Christian Baumeister

Camera:

Christian Baumeister, Luis de Maia, Rolando Menardi, Alexander Sommer, Yann Sochaczewski

Editors:

Stefan Canham, Stefan Reiss

Music:

Oliver Heuss


Production:

LIGHT & SHADOW

Clients:

NDR Naturfilm, Arte, ORF, Parthenon Entertainment Ltd. / National Geographic Channel International, Animal Planet

SERIES DESCRIPTION

This three part series celebrates the extraordinary wildlife of Amazonia, reveals new thinking about how this vast forest took shape, and considers how its future might be secured. With awe-inspiring photography and animal behaviour never seen before, the films track our emotional response to the rainforest world over time: from fear to understanding – from understanding to respect – and from respect to hope. Above all, the series offers reasons why it isn’t too late to save the greatest rainforest on earth.

EPISODE 1: JUNGLE OF THE MIND

The Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. An abundance of sunlight and water have created a place of superlatives: Thundering waterfalls, extremes of heat and humidity, giant trees, impenetrable undergrowth and more freshwater lakes and rivers than anywhere else. Its biological diversity is unrivaled, yet it has taken centuries to find out why.
 

Early explorers found the Amazon to be an overwhelming, inhospitable place, full of poisonous plants and venomous animals. It is such an alien world that we have struggled to make sense of it. This is why it is like a JUNGLE OF THE MIND. Fortunately one man found inspiration here. Using a reconstruction of a nineteenth century expedition we examine how Alfred Wallace was inspired by the Amazon to formulate the theory of evolution independently of Charles Darwin. But even he could not explain why this forest, above all others, is quite so special.


This is the central mystery of program one. The Amazon contains some of the least fertile soils on the planet. How can such impoverishment have led to such a diverse range of life?
Little by little we see how evolutionary fireworks have been unleashed in this world of scarcity. The trees jealously guard their nutrients, lacing their leaves with an array of toxins to repel would-be browsers. It is a world of specialists who have seized any opportunity, however extreme, to find a living in this struggle for existence. No wonder we have struggled to make sense of it.

 

AWARDS

 

 

Amazon Alive -  Jungle of the Mind

 

 

 

 

United Nations - International Forest Film Festival, USA, 2011
in Collaborated with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
* SPECIAL JURY AWARD
* FINALIST IN CATEGORY 360 DEGREES ON ALL THINGS FOREST

Banff World Media Festival, Canada, 2011

* FINALIST

 

World Media Festival Hamburg, Germany, 2011
* INTERMEDIA-GLOBE GOLD

Durban Wild Talk Africa, South Africa, 2013
* SCRIPT AWARD

 

FIFA / Albert, France, 2012

* SCIENTIFIC AWARD

* SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

 

Sichuan TV Festival, China, 2011

* FINALIST (BEST PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Namur, Belgium, 2011

* GRAN PRIX

 

Omni Awards - Spring Competition, USA, 2011
* GOLDEN OMNI AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY

* GOLDEN OMNI AWARD FOR WRITING

* GOLDEN OMNI AWARD FOR NATURE CATEGORY

 
International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), Missoula/Montana, USA, 2011
* FINALIST
* HONORABLE MENTION FOR CULTURAL PRESENTATION