Documentaries and Nonfiction Films – August 2008

Attenborough in Paradise: and Other Personal Voyages
A collection of seven of David Attenborough’s celebrated nature programs. Topics covered include: the courtship displays of birds in New Guinea; the “music” of the wild; David Attenborough’s career as a nature filmmaker.

Earth: The Biography
Earth is an incredible, exceptional planet with an amazing life story full of cataclysmic disasters, eleventh-hour coincidences that save it from extinction, and an astonishing power to continually regenerate. Uses breathtaking footage and special imaging to tell the story of the great forces that shape the planet – volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice. Traveling from Ethiopia’s unique lava lake to an ice cave under a glacier in Greenland and amazing locations in between, examine the forces that have helped create and foster life on Earth. Narrator, Iain Stewart.
Originally broadcast on the BBC in 2007.

Found in China: A Documentary
A group of six Midwestern families with Chinese adoptive daughters take a heritage trip to China. The documentary focuses on the 9- to 13-year old girls and their feelings about being adopted as they learn about the culture of their homeland and the circumstances of their adoption.

Galápagos: the Islands that Changed the World
The inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Gal├ípagos Islands are a living laboratory, a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals. Narrated by Tilda Swinton. Originally broadcast on the British Broadcasting Corporation, 2006.

Incredible Britain
Join actor Robbie Coltrane as he shows viewers the back roads of London to Glasgow, stopping along the way to learn of some of the more interesting customs of the local people. Includes fun facts map and biography.

Life in Cold Blood
David Attenborough tells the epic story of the most enduringly successful animals to ever walk on land – reptiles and amphibians. The latest technology enables extraordinary and previously unseen behavior to be captured in intimate detail.

Life in the Freezer
Hosted by David Attenborough, this BBC-TV six-episode television series explores the landscape, wildlife, and underwater reaches of Antarctica.

Life in the Undergrowth
David Attenborough guides the viewer through a miniature universe teeming with life, never normally seen, yet all around us. New technology reveals surreal vistas and their extraordinary inhabitants.

The Life of Birds
David Attenborough journeys across seven continents filming thousands of species of birds, revealing their patterns of behavior.