Thirteen/WNET and National Geographic Television have joined forces to create a television event for Fall 2001 - Africa: Land of the Sun - and 8-hour film series showing the majesty and wonder of this remarkable land. The series will be shot on location by some of the world's best filmmakers, and will be produced in a theatrical style to underscore the epic nature of Africa's history, the splendor of it's landscapes, and the beauty and power inherent in these portraits of places, people, and animals. Scientific evidence suggests that the first humans emerged on the continent of Africa. There, our ancestors learned to stand upright, find food, and survive against predators. They developed languages and cultures and migrated to settle all the habitable land of African and eventually the entire world. Despite this primal connection, Africa remains a mysterious land; a place associated with famine, slavery, frightening diseases, and incomprehensible tribalism. An equally common image is that of a giant safari park. For millions of African-Americans, Africa is a distant homeland, placed beyond the bounds of memory by the breach of slavery. This series and its companion book will capture the geographic life story of Africa - how life evolved and flourished there, adopting a unique and complex vibrancy over time in response to the environment. This is an ecological portrait of Africa, its peoples, flora, and fauna. The series will show, for the first time, a consolidated image of Africa by presenting its diverse regions and complex history within the context of its geography - its natural wonders and ecological challenges. In doing so, the series tells one of the greatest stories on earth: the story of human evolution and human survival against remarkable odds.
Reader, in Africa: a Biography of the Continent (1998), wrote a powerful, scholarly account tracing the origins of the first Homo sapiens and their subsequent migrations throughout the world. He returns to the theme that "we all belong to Africa" in his latest title, a sweeping, lushly illustrated companion volume to an upcoming PBS series scheduled for broadcast in September. Divided into sections devoted to geographical regions (savanna, desert, mountains, coast, etc.), the text, illustrated with Michael Lewis' stunning photos, offers glimpses into regional ways of life, always noting how people have adapted to local climate and land. Although the author ends each chapter with a profile of a contemporary individual, his fascination for evolutionary processes shows throughout the book; readers looking for portraits of urban African life may be disappointed. But providing an all-inclusive overview of a continent's people and cultures is an impossible task, and Reader and Lewis offer a beautiful, lively, and opinionated volume, dense with information, while remaining accessible to a wide age range. Gillian Engberg
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Two books on Africa with the same title and familiar themes, yet how different they are in content and approach! In a companion book to the eight-week PBS series that began on September 9, 2001, Reader (Africa: A Biography of the Continent) attempts to document in detail and with informed commentaries every aspect of the continent's evolution and its results. This ambitious and encyclopedic work describes and explains the African savannah and the continent's deserts, forests, mountains, lakes, and coasts. He does this with elegance and a rare admiration of Africa's role in human evolution and history. The land, its people, abundant wildlife, intriguing plants, and challenging climate all receive equal attention and emerge as intricate and indispensable parts of one grand natural scheme. Reader's tone is that of a devout evolutionist, and his style is fluid, simple, and clear.
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