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The Wild Balkans
Year: 2009
Run-Time: 1 x 51 min.

Directed by Michael Schlamberger
Written by Michael Schlamberger

Science Vision for ORF in association with ARTE and BR
Available worldwide except for Germany and France

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , French (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9 , 16:9

The Wild Balkans

Wilder Balkan

Wolves hunt their prey in the valleys between high-ranging dunes, bears and lynxes wander through dense primeval forest, and the big lakes are a magnet for hundreds of bird species. That is the so-called «Balkan». Today the «Balkans» stand for a Europe that hardly exists elsewhere. The mountains of Montenegro harbour one of Europe's last primeval forests with trees over 400 years of age. In the difficultly accessible hinterland we find the Tara National Park with the deepest gorge in the Karst Mountains - the 1.300 meters deep Tara gorge. Nearby Lake Skadar is home for 270 species of birds; no other lake in Europe can claim such diversity. Europe's last coastal forest area can be found in Albania and in Bulgaria and Romania huge bat colonies live in the cave-dotted mountains. In Serbia one can cross the «European Sahara», a desert covering a surface of 30.000 hectares.

This documentary takes us on the journey through untouched wilderness in a region that has disreputably been called a powder keg and where conflicts have drawn attention away from its hidden treasures.


Awards: Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment 2009: Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment Award, International Festival of Mountain Films ? Poprad 2009: Poprad International Festival of Mountain Films Awards, U.S. International Film and Video Festival 2010: U.S. International Film and Video Festival Awards Awards: Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment 2009: Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment Award, International Festival of Mountain Films ? Poprad 2009: Poprad International Festival of Mountain Films Awards, U.S. International Film and Video Festival 2010: U.S. International Film and Video Festival Awards

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