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Detecting Danger - Africa's Giant Rats
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Africas giant rats the size of a cat can be trained to detect land-mines by smelling them. Giant rats are clever and they learn fast. Their sense of smell is better than a dogs, they have more stamina, and theyre a lot cheaper to train. This documentary follows Miss Marple, who was born in a training lab and who goes through a years training before being sent on her first mission to Mozambique.
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2001 History, Biography
An outpost of the rare military monkey, beside the Grumeti River in Tanzania, comes under pressure in freak weather conditions. The worst drought since 1930 brings stress to all the animals even ancient crocodiles that might remember the last such dry-down. But the resourceful monkeys have a trick or two up their sleeve, as they face competition with their greatest rivals, baboons. Meanwhile, the crocodiles wait in the river: the wildebeest are coming. But the river is about to dry up
Hyena - Queens of the Masai Mara
Its not the lion or the cheetah, but the hyena that is the real monarch of the Masai Mara - the winner in the competition for prey and territory and the fight for survival. Michigan State University biologist Kay Holekamp and her team have studied the behaviour of hyena clans and show that their matriarchal society is highly organized using sophisticated vocalizations for communication. Hyenas are effective solo hunters but deadly in a coordinated attack.
When a female barnowls home an old disused barn is de-molished, she has to seek a new place to live. On the way, flying through forests and across grasslands, she encounters most of the common owl species in Central Europe: long and short eared owls, little, tawny and eagle owls, some she can live peace- fully beside, others she must shun or risk becoming their prey. During her journey, the film shows how owls fly so silently and hunt so efficiently. It illustrates what they have meant to humans since ancient times, and how they live beside us today. It explains why they have become unfairly associated with death. Our owl finally finds a new home, as the guest of a barn owl family, in time to see the new clutch of young following their mother on their first majestic flight.
Award-winning wildlife cinematographer Andreas Kieling wants to clear up the mystery of Alaskas giant grizzlies, animals that can be as tall as 4.5 meters when standing. Together with an Alaskan Indian he sets out on a challenging and dangerous expedition through the most remote areas of Alaska. The journey also shows how the native population has learned to live in this inhospitable region for many centuries.
Flying with Condors
The condor, king of the Andes, has a wingspan of up to 4 meters, making it the biggest bird in the world that can actually take to the air. It lives in unspoilt mountain regions, far from human habitation, and in the mythology of the region it symbolises the superiority of the spirit and the hope of enlightenment. The condor is a master of flight, soaring majestically in vast circles high above the snow-covered Andes, 5000 metres above sea level. And now an English woman called Judy Leden, female world champion in hang gliding and paragliding, has embarked on a fascinating yet highly dangerous undertaking. She intends to climb into the air alongside the gigantic birds and gather information about their realm; to this day little is known about the life of the condor.
Forest of Fantasies
On Christmas Eve, they say, the animalscan talk. Peter Rosegger, one of Austrias greatest writers, turned this legend into a magical short story about his own country childhood in Styrias Alpine uplands. Its one of Austrias most fascinating landscapes: deep, dark forests flanked by steep mountain ridges, gentle meadows reaching up to exposed summits: in limitless shades of just one color: green. Trudging through the snow to join his family for the Christmas Eve service in the valley below, ten-year-old Peter comes face to face with a young fawn in the twilight, and wonders what he could tell about growing up in the forest, with the other animals, through the seasons. This film captures the essence of Roseggers story and the subtle and dramatic changes of the Styrian forest throughout the year.
Without a Scalpel
What if a doctor could save your limb, your liver, your brain ... your life, and send you home with only a Band-Aid? No Surgery, No Stitches, No Scars.
Flight of the Aquanaut
A gripping tale of a diver's voyage into danger.
Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk
The multidimensional world of risk.
History Rediscovered: Divide and Conquer
The third installment in Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, Divide and Conquer brilliantly presents the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940, as Germany employs the Blitzkrieg with devastating effect.
The Nazi's plan to eliminate an entire race of people nearly succeeded because thousands of ordinary people simply went about their business. Yet in the midst of darkness shone a light. In fact, many lights. This compelling documentary takes viewers to the Netherlands where a number of Dutch Jews relive the terrifying ordeal they experienced at the hands of the Nazis and the daring accounts of those Hidden Heroes who risked their lives to save them. For the rescuers and the rescued alike, it is a powerful emotional reconnection with a time and a place that holds the conflicting memories of terror and hope.
Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards
Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards takes a fascinating look inside one of the Mid-East's most unusual military units, Libya's elite female military corps who were assigned to guard the country's supreme leader, Mohmmar Qaddafi. The film examines how these women embody the tension between Islam and modernization in a nomadic society, between feminism and an old-style dictatorship.
A personal profile of Fidel Castro and a view of the developments since the revolution a mere ten years before, Fidel gives a rare glimpse into everyday life of the Cuban people and its leader.
Lionsrock - Return of the King
In February 2008 a unique wildlife reserve of 1,250 hectares was established around Lionsrock, SouthAfrica, with the aim of returning lions and other big cats to the land of their ancestors. Most are fromEurope, from rundown zoos or circuses, removed to dubious holding pens like the dilapidated Panterabig cats asylum in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freightedto a perfect savanna landscape, where for the first time they can be released, free, into their naturalenvironment. This heartwarming and joyful portrait of Lionsrock with its dedicated team also featuresostriches, weaver birds, ground squirrels and other African wildlife sharing the natural habitat wherethe lions ancestors once thrived. And for the first time on TV this film shows root canal treatmenton Kongo, a majestic lion male!
History Rediscovered: War Comes to America
The seventh and final film in Frank Capra's Why We Fight series, War Comes to America is one of history's great propaganda movies. It traces America's struggle to remain neutral in the face of growing world chaos.
Crater of Life
Following Lin Sutherland, one of Australia's most passionate wildlife film makers, Crater of Life takes people to the heart of one of Australia's best kept wildlife secrets as she tracks down some of Australia's most unusual, rare and magnificent animals.
Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa
Join a band of trekkers as they journey through rugged terrain and extreme conditions.
Israel and the Bomb
The Israeli bomb is an open secret but an official state secret at the same time. With the support of Germany, France, Britain and the United States, Israel has risen to be a strong nuclear power. The country wants to avoid ever being helpless again. The atomic weapons can reach every target worldwide. No international regulatory agency monitors the program. How was Israel able to build up a nuclear arsenal secretly? Can Israels nuclear potential also become a threat to the western world?