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The Year of the Wildebeest (1975)

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Stunning visuals ahead of their time
30 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

If you thought the BBC was innovative, sending in a Mars Rover-like camera to record the day-to-day behavior of African lions, you must check out this film.

Back in the 70s, Alan and Joan Root stuck a film camera into a tortoise shell and recorded stunning visuals of the annual East African wildebeast migration as thousands of gnus (that's wildebeast not free software) stormed over the lens. Magical memories of watching this film (and others not listed in IMDb *tut tut*) in Nairobi in my childhood and later seeing the migration in the distance in the flesh.

The film techniques on display here are revealed in another film "Two in the Bush" - a documentary on the Roots. I'm not sure why their catalogue of work is so hard to find but they are well worth the effort.


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