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Ol' Man River - Mighty Mississippi| 1hr : 30mins
Director: Michael Schlamberger, Steve Nicholls | Producer:
Focus Years: | Country: Austria
Subject Tags: americas, discoveries, indigenous rights, water
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
The Mississippi River is a river of superlatives. It drains 41% of the continental US as well as parts of 2 Canadian provinces, in all more than one and half million square miles. It is now a vast commercial highway for super-barges, but it is so much more than that. Its bayous and swamps hide a spectacular natural history, and not only does this vital waterway run through the heart of America, it also runs through American history and culture like no other. In 2 one hour films, Ol’ Man River explores all these faces of the world’s most famous river and reveals that, in the words of its most well known admirer, Mark Twain; It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable. Ol’ Man River is a journey through time and space, a story that starts in the steamy delta region beyond New Orleans and travels upstream, to find headwaters lost in great northern swamps. It also travels along Ol’ Man River’s greatest tributary, the Missouri, longer even than the Mississippi, and which should therefore, but for an historical quirk, have been called the Mississippi. Along the way, the films encounter a wealth of wildlife, from tropical manatees munching their way through mountains of vegetation to the spectacular mass spawning of ancient horseshoe crabs. This is also a world of primitive giant fish and colourful herons, of industrious beavers and deadly rattlesnakes. Along the Missouri, the journey takes us through vast herds of buffalo and prairie dog colonies covering hundreds of hectares. At key points in the journey, Ol’ Man River turns back the clock, to reveal what the river was like when the first explorers encountered it. With large scale dramatic reconstructions, the team travel with French, English, Spanish and American explorers as they met with Indian tribes and new and unexpected wildlife spectacles.

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