PART 1 Jungle of the Mind
Length: 3 x 50 min
Christian Baumeister, Luis de Maia, Rolando Menardi, Alexander Sommer, Yann Sochaczewski
Stefan Canham, Stefan Reiss
LIGHT & SHADOW
NDR Naturfilm, Arte, ORF, Parthenon Entertainment Ltd. / National Geographic Channel International, Animal Planet
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.
Amazon Alive - Jungle of the Mind
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* 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
Banff World Media Festival, Canada, 2011
World Media Festival Hamburg, Germany, 2011
* INTERMEDIA-GLOBE GOLD
International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), Missoula/Montana, USA, 2011
* HONORABLE MENTION FOR CULTURAL PRESENTATION
International Forest Film Festival, USA, 2011
* SPECIAL JURY AWARD
* FINALIST IN CATEGORY 360 DEGREES ON ALL THINGS FOREST