ARTE FRANCE, COMPAGNIE DES TAXI-BROUSSE (LA)
German, English, French
NON-THEATRICAL, TV, DVD
In this film, we relive one of the greatest geographical and human adventures of the nineteenth century: the quest for the sources of the Nile.
After four expeditions and thirty years of laboured progress through unforgiving African terrain, the centuries-old mystery of the river which sprang from beyond the desert was finally solved.
The quest rapidly acquired legendary status. Geographical curiosity soon gave way to expansionist urges and endless wrangling and controversies.
Via the narratives of Speke, Burton, Baker, Stanley and Livingstone, we relive their journeys - the hardships, the illnesses and the disasters - and share in the fanatical determination of these men, the grandeur of whose aims was equalled only by the size of their egos.
36th International Maritime, Exploration and Environnement Film Festival - Best Exploration Film 2004 / AMAZONAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004 / FESTIVAL JULES VERNE 2004