Run-Time: 1 x 50 min.
Directed by Michael Schlamberger
A co-production of ORF and ScienceVision in association with DOCSTAR and ZDF
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , French (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9
Sahara - The English Patient's Desert
Sahara - Das versunkene Paradies
Even today, the Sahara is full of miracles. Until way into the 20th century, vast areas remained unexplored. In the early thirties, the Austrian-Hungarian adventurer Ladislaus E. Almásy who later gained world-wide fame as the historical figure on whom the Hollywood movie «The English Patient» was based on, had undertaken several expeditions to various blank spots on the Sahara's map. Highly awarded film-maker Michael Schlamberger has followed Almásy's tracks to reveal the most amazing chapter of the world's biggest desert. The desert explorer had stumbled upon one of the trickiest riddles of climate history. The world's largest desert must once have been a lush Garden of Eden - a daring thought that raised great controversy with Almásy's peers. Following his footsteps, Schlamberger searched for evidence from the most thrilling chapter in the Sahara's natural history.
Awards: Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival 2003: Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival Award, Vertical, Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films 2004: Vertical, Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films Award, Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment 2004: Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment Award