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Alaska's Wild Peninsula (2013)
"The Ends of the Earth" (original title)

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The Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape of active volcanoes and rolling tundra, inspired this filmic essay of a distant land where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run ... See full summary »

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The Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape of active volcanoes and rolling tundra, inspired this filmic essay of a distant land where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the most productive in the world. At the base of the peninsula lies Katmai National Park and Preserve, a wilderness larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined, and home to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. With stunning photography and a sweeping orchestral score, The Ends of the Earth celebrates this magnificent land of wilderness and wildlife. Written by Roy Wood

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Volcanoes, salmon, and the greatest concentration of the largest brown bears on Earth.

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Literate and erudite profile of Alaskan wilderness
15 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the American Conservation Film Festival where it won the Audience Choice Award, and with good reason. It has all the hallmarks of a great nature documentary on a remote wilderness, with gorgeous landscape photography and sweeping music and amazing images of huge brown bears (so many and so close together it was almost to the point that there were herds of them).

But what struck me most was the writing, both its reticence -- there's not much narration in the film -- and its eloquence. What little there is in the film is written like poetry. Inspired by the essays of the great natural history writer Loren Eiseley, the script is thoughtful, intelligent and poignant. I may never make it to Alaska, particularly not to this remote wilderness, but just because I am old and no longer hike in the back-country does not mean raw wilderness like Katmai and Aniakchak are not important to me. In the words of another great writer, Wallace Stegner, wilderness like that of the Alaska Peninsula "is important to us when we are old simply because it is there--important, that is, simply as an idea." Grabowska's film captures that perfectly.


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