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The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

G  |   |  Documentary  |  25 September 2009 (UK)
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The mysterious lives of flamingos are captured on film with a birds-eye view of the animals living in Africa.

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In a remote and forgotten wilderness, one of nature's last great mysteries unfolds: the birth, life and death of a million crimson-winged flamingos. Against a dramatic backdrop of never-before filmed landscapes, these secretive birds struggle to survive and prevail over danger and fate. This inspiring story, set in the extraordinary 'otherworld' of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, the cradle of humankind, reminds us: here on earth is a universe waiting to be discovered. Written by Anonymous

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The filmmakers shot most of their footage from hides that they pitched near the birds. These could only be erected in the middle of the night when the birds were sleeping. See more »

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Vivid and bleak at the same time
4 March 2009 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Basically this "Disney" movie is an "Animal Planet" documentary shot with more sophisticated equipment and in better picture quality.

It shows the first vital periods of flamingos' life since hatching from an egg in a remote African area. There are many interesting shots capturing these birds as they struggle to survive the odds, but after some time it gets repetitive and boring.

The narrator was rather annoying as well, making childish comparisons and talking about fairy tales, whereas I would have appreciated more given data and the scientific approach.

Therefore, nothing groundbreaking or faint-inducing.


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