Human Planet: BBC Unravels Earth’s Secrets
What rainforest tribes in the jungle have to do with reindeer swimmers in the Arctic.
By Maria Popova
What are the secrets of this amazing planet we call home, and what exactly is our place in it? This question has been tickling humanity’s curiosity in a profound way since time immemorial and, now, the BBC is making an unprecedented effort to answer it.
Human Planet — an ambitious, jaw-dropping, exquisitely cinematic series exploring mankind’s rich and complex relationship with nature across the globe, out this week on DVD, Blu-ray and video-on-demand.
Filmed on more than 80 locations across remote lands, underwater worlds and aerial heights, it covers everything from the first recorded footage of the world’s last uncontacted tribe in the Brazilian rainforest…
It’s important for humanity these people exist. They remind us it is possible… to live in a different way.” ~ Jose Carlos Meirelles
…to fox hunting with a golden eagle in Mongolia…
…to extreme fishing at Victoria Falls…
…to the magnificent swim of 3,000 reindeer across the icy Arctic waters.
At once exhilarating and profoundly humbling, Human Planet is the kind of journey you go on and never fully come back from, your worldview and self-conception forever changed by the intensity and richness of the experience.
Published April 28, 2011