Category: Mountain and wild nature
Time: 50 min
Camera-man: Rolando Menardi, Michael Schlamberger
Director: Michael Schlamberger
Subject: The Sahara, one of the world’s 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 Africa’s big animals, with rivers, lakes and bathing people. The desert explorer had happened upon one of the trickiest riddles of climate history: The world’s largest tropical desert must once have beaan a lush Garden of Eden. Award-winning Austrian documentarist Michael Schlamberger followed Almasy’s trail in search for evidence from the most fascinating period of the Sahara’s natural history.
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