The Zambezi Program
Directed by Michael Schlamberger | AUSTRIA | 2010 | 53min
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Aside from Victoria Falls, there was relatively little known about the great Zambezi River—until now. Written and directed by Austria’s esteemed nature filmmaker Michael Schlamberger, the two-part film THE ZAMBEZI chronicles the river that spans 3000 kilometers from the heart of Africa to the Indian Ocean. The river runs through a land that was governed first by the ancient geology of the continent and now by the domination of humans of six countries who use it to live, create electricity, and even sometimes form a political boundary. Filmed from both the ground and the air, Schlamberger takes the viewer through majestic views of the river’s natural environs and its residents. This includes not only the largest elephant population and largest hippo concentration, but also the Zambezi shark, able to survive in both salt and fresh water and found as much as 1000 kilometers up the river. While capturing the ebbs and flows of life in the rainy and dry seasons, THE ZAMBEZI also reveals the tenuous balance between the human and natural worlds. - Julia Speace
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