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Seventh Festival "Vertical"

Sahara - English Patient's Desert

Category: Mountain and wild nature
Year: 2002
Time: 50 min
Country: Austria
Camera-man: Rolando Menardi, Michael Schlamberger
Director: Michael Schlamberger

Subject: The Sahara, one of the worlds most extreme, hostile regions, is the paragon of a desert. By the early 20th century it was hardly explored. In 1933, Austrian adventurer Ladislaus Almasy discovered rock paintings in the very heart of the desert. These ancient works of art showed a paradisical world populated by Africas big animals, with rivers, lakes and bathing people. The desert explorer had happened upon one of the trickiest riddles of climate history: The worlds largest tropical desert must once have beaan a lush Garden of Eden. Award-winning Austrian documentarist Michael Schlamberger followed Almasys trail in search for evidence from the most fascinating period of the Saharas natural history.

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