Geography


New to Our Collection! Little Neighbors – Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait 52 min.

Crystal-clear water, spectacular salt deserts, and ancient burial mounds. Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain are the smallest countries on the Arabian Peninsula, yet the people living here are no less self-assured. Marble-adorned Qatar is even considered the richest country in the world. Its youngest citizens are already taught the Arab sword dance. Bahrain is said to be the most liberal country on the Ara...

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New to Our Collection! Once upon a time... Fairy Tale Oman 52 min.

The sultanate of Oman is shrouded in legend and largely unknown. In recent years, the country has opened up to western visitors, who enjoy the endless expanses of the desert, verdant high mountain regions, fertile oases and miles of coastline with turquoise waters. In the capital, we see that the sultanate is well on its way into the modern age. Muscat is spotlessly clean and neither surprisingly...

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New to Our Collection! United Arab Emirates 52 min.

The United Arab Emirates is home to people from more than 200 different nations and have turned the seven sheikhdoms into a thriving business center. Margit Müller, a German veterinarian, provides a special service at the hospital for falcons in Abu Dhabi, while the British biologist Warren Baverstock looks after marine wildlife in the luxury hotel Burj Al Arab in Dubai. With oil reserves coming t...

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New to Our Collection! Saudi Arabia - The East 53 min.

Spectacular rock formations, never-ending desert landscapes and a culture dating back thousands of years: Saudi Arabia, the unknown and conservative kingdom. The coastal town of Dammam lies in the east of the country, whose affluence is based on the city’s gigantic oil fields. Further inland lies Riyadh – the Saudi capital and the center of power. The cities are surrounded by deserts and oases, su...

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New to Our Collection! Saudi Arabia – The West 53 min.

What is life like for people living in one of the world’s most conservative and richest countries? Saudi Arabia – The West examines and finds answers to this question in Jeddah, a port city on the Red Sea, for example, were the ballerina Jumana dreams of being allowed to perform publicly, one day, while young Ali makes the pilgrimage to Mecca once a year, to purge himself. In the mountains of Asir...

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Dust Storm 51 min.

This film looks at the science of what we know about dust storms. It explores what causes them, why they appear to be occurring more frequently and severely in some parts of the world, and what advances have been made in predicting and managing these storms. Filmed in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, the film sheds light on what can be achieved using scientific data, and how this data can guid...

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The New Silk Route 47 min.

British historian Peter Frankopan, author of the bestseller The Silk Roads: A New History of the World paints an unexpected portrait of our Western civilization and the way we perceive our position in the world. Old Europe is convinced to be the best, most prosperous and safest region. Europeans think that they have a good position in the actual world, absolutely denying the new world order that i...

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China: Dunhuang 26 min.

Crossing the Taklamakan desert is a demanding step. And only once the Silk Road caravans made it could they say they truly arrived in China. The Bactrian camel has become emblematic of the region: without it, trade could not have developed along the Silk Road. Between the Dunhuang oasis’ dunes, our guide meets a woman camel breeder. The oasis has become a popular tourist spot but its fragile ecosy...

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China: Gobi 27 min.

A Uyghur family invites our guide into their home. He learns about their way of life and growing techniques. Gaochang used to be an important waypoint through the Silk Road and a famous gathering place for scholars. Alfred visits the city of Turpan in the heart of the desert and the tunnels of its ingenious water-supply system. Afterwards, he comes upon Jiaohe Ruins—an ancient city hewn from the r...

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China: Kashgar 26 min.

Alfred's point of entry to China is Kashgar, in the Xinjiang region—the biggest in the country. It is home to the Uyghurs, an ethnic minority descended from Turkic peoples. At the height of trading on the Silk Road, Kashgar was a major hub for caravans travelling to India or Central Asia. Alfred visits a market, is instructed in the importance of plant ingredients in preparing medicines by a Uyghu...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017