THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN
2019, National Geographic, 47 min, USA,

Who is the devil? Where do visions come from? Can performing rituals bring us closer to God? National Geographic explores the ways humanity has sought and received faith throughout our history in season three of the Emmy-nominated hit series THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN. The series again takes viewers on an interfaith journey around the globe, traveling to 30 different cities of historical and anthropological importance, including Jerusalem, Kathmandu, Jericho, Rome, Bethlehem, Paris, Prague, Hanoi, Toronto and Lourdes. THE STORY OF GOD takes an expansive look at religions celebrated around the world, exploring practices that date back thousands of years before the Common Era, as well as new denominations founded less than 100 years ago, and interviewing believers of many faiths including Christians, Jews, pagans, druids, Muslims, Hindus, Jains, animists, Buddhists and agnostics.


HOSTILE PLANET
2019, National Geographic, 47 min, USA,

This is not your mother’s nature series! The six-part HOSTILE PLANET draws attention to the most extraordinary - almost supernatural - accounts of animals that have adapted to the cruelest evolutionary curveballs. Hosted by survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls, HOSTILE PLANET zooms in on the world’s most extreme environments to reveal the animal kingdom’s epic stories of survival on this fast and continuously changing planet. This is a drama told in an intimate manner with innovative camera technology and a lens that captures several first-ever behaviors. Each titular episode spotlights a unique environment – mountains, oceans, grasslands, jungles, deserts and polar – to navigate the brutal conditions endured by some of the most complex, unrelenting and awe-inspiring species on the planet. As animals face an overwhelming host of challenges including punishing weather, intense competition for resources and constant predator-vs.-prey conflict, life still finds a way.


FACES PLACES
VISAGES VILLAGES
2017, Cohen Media Group, 94 min, France, Dir: JR, Agnès Varda

At 89, Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, teamed with acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains to reveal the humanity in their subjects and themselves. The Oscar-nominated FACES PLACES documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship the two artists formed along the way.


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