Series (4 Episodes available)
PERRIER (David), SHAVIT (Eden)
ARTE FRANCE, LES BONS CLIENTS
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
Shot for 2 years, and covering more than 40 volcanoes in 12 countries across 6 continents, this series takes audiences on a unique journey to the heart of this living, shifting, and changing planet, to shed light on the infinite diversity of these volcanic stories.
Volcanoes led to dinosaurs’ extinction and wiped entire civilizations – like the Minoans in Crete and Santorini in 1450 BCE. Today, the lives of 600 million people are threatened by 1670 active volcanoes. The entire planet is affected: when Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines, global temperatures fell by nearly 1°C for three years. Recent studies suggest that humankind will eventually be wiped out by a gigantic volcanic eruption…
But volcanoes are not just destroyers of world, they also nurture life. It is thought that they may have helped creating life on Earth. Even today, certain wildlife species such as the giant Galápagos tortoise are only found on particular volcanoes. Human beings have always flocked to settle volcanoes in huge numbers to take advantage of their fertile soil, pleasant climate and natural heat sources. Many are even worshipped as deities.