Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery
This series immerses the viewer in the world of the Benedictine monks. Peer into this idiosyncratic but incredibly peaceful existence and share the unique experience of living like a monk.
From the producers (colourFIELD) of the successful documentary series Germany From Above and the multi-award winning wildlife series Migrating Birds, Russia from Above offers another bird’s eye view of the world, this time featuring the largest country on earth.
Also available as 5 x 45′ & 1 x 90′
Selected as one of C21’s Miptv Picks of 2018.
Russia From Above will include the following regions:
Upper Volga river; Europe’s biggest river by far, the heart and soul of Russia, including Kazan, Nizhny Novogorod.
Kamchatka; the volcanic peninsula with its untouched wildlife with the biggest density of brown bears and its salmon rivers. A Unesco World Heritage site.
Altay Mountains; the high alpine region marking Russia’s border area with Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.
Caucasus; with Europe’s highest summit Mount Elbrus at an elevation of over 5,600 metres and its 22 glaciers, also named a Unesco World Heritage site, and also Ingushetia’s ever mysterious valley of towers.
The Black Sea coast; Russia’s warm riviera with palm-tree-lined resort and Olympic Winter Games site Sotchi.
Moscow; with its Unesco World Heritage site of the Red Square and the Kremlin, but also surrounded by the ‘Golden Ring’ towns, such as the picturesque Russian Suzdal, also a Unesco World Heritage site.
Putorana Plateau; a fascinating mountainous area in the most remote north of Siberia, cut through by steep valleys and waterfalls. Also a Unesco World Heritage site.
Lake Bajkal; the deepest lake on the planet, holding more than 20 per cent of the earth’s liquid sweet water, more than all big north-american lakes combined. For half a year Lake Bajkal freezes over completely. Even trucks can drive on the ice. A Unesco World Heritage site.
Komi Republic; in the Ural Mountains, defining the only imagined borderline between Europa and Asia, boasting the most beautiful primeval forests of the northern hemisphere, nominated also as Unesco World Heritage site, also with the mysterious Manpupuner Pillars rock formation, regarded as one of the ‘Seven wonders of Russia’.
Yamal Peninsula; in the Arctic Ocean, with the world’s biggest reindeer herds and also Russia’s biggest gas exploitation site.
Chukotka and Wrangel Island; a Unesco World Heritage site again, famous for the worldwide biggest population of polar bears and walrusses. At the Bering Strait Chukotka’s most easterly point is only 88 kilometers away from the USA ’s Alaskan coast.
Saint Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod and Karelia; again Unesco World Heritage for the palaces along the Newa river and for the historic old town, which is often called the Venice of the north. Nearby Veliky Novgorod is also a Unesco World Heritage site, regarded as the cradle of Russian nation. Nearby Ladoga Lake is Europe’s biggest lake, surrounded by the most beautiful Karelian countryside.
The legendary Trans-siberian Railway; passing through all the Siberian landscapes, from the swamps around Siberia’s biggest (and Russia’s third biggest) metropolis Novosibirsk, along Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk all the way to Vladivostok at the Pacific Ocean, 5,000 kilometers from the train’s starting point Moscow.
Sakha Yakutia’s striking Lena Pillars (a Unesco World Heritagesite) throne majestically over Siberia’s biggest river Lena, close by the diamond mine Internationalja in remote Mirny, and the pole of cold in Ojmiakon, with temperatures that dropped to minus 67,8 degrees celsius.
Vladivostok; the terminal of the trans-siberian railway feels like a Russian version of San Francisco. The city is less than 2 flight hours from Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing, but also a direct neighbour of North Korea. The orca whales migrate along the pacific coast from here all the way to Magadan, along Sachalin island.
The Volga delta is by far Europe’s biggest river delta, and the most important hot spot for birdlife, including pelicans, cranes, whooper swans. The Volga delta is pouring the waters of Russia’s biggest river into the Caspian Sea over about 150 kilometers, surrounded by the steppes and half-deserts of Kalmykia and its wonderful but endangered saiga antelopes.
Kaliningrad and the Curonian Spit; again Unesco World Heritage site, former German city of Königsberg, birthplace of German philosopher Immanuel Kant, since the end of WW2 a part of the former Sovjetunion, now an exclave of the Russian Fedaration by the Baltic Sea coast, less than half the distance away from Berlin than from Moscow, with the peculiar lagoon and dune coast of the Curonian Spit.
Northern Karelia with the two Unesco World Heritage sites of Kizhy Island and its wooden villages, and famous Solovetsky Island and its monastery and its wildlife. The place where also the original locations for nobleprize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s book ‘Archipelago Gulag’ were set.
Icebreaker caravans starting off from Archangelsk into the ‘Northern Sea Route’, the harshest shipping route of the planet.
Permafrost research on Solemoy Island in the Lena river delta; undertaken by a German-Russian crew of scientists, on tracks of climate change and its consequences for the entire arctic north of Russia.
A colourFIELD Co-Production with ZDF, ARTE & Gazprom Media
The 3 x 45’ series will include:
– From St. Petersburg to Volga Delta: Russia’s European Heritage
– From Ural to the Pole of Cold: Russia’s Siberian Riches
– From the White Sea to Vladivostok’s Golden Gate: Russia’s Arctic and Pacific Coasts.
The 5 x 45’ version will include additionally two 45’ specials on ‘Kamchatka’ and on ‘Russia’s Asian South’.
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