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The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

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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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Melanie Finn
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Credited cast:
Zabou Breitman ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
Mariella Frostrup ... Narrator (voice)
Karoline Herfurth ... Narrator (German version) (voice)
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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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One lake, a million birds, an incredible story

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USA | UK

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English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf purpurnen Schwingen - Das Geheimnis der Flamingos See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Natron, Tanzania

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$1,783,519
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1.85 : 1
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As the temperatures were so extreme on the lake (50 - 60 degrees Centigrade, 120 - 140 degrees Fahrenheit), the filmmakers took up residence in an old missionary building. This turned out to be a godsend as they were able to install broadband and all their filming equipment with the added bonus of some natural hot springs beside the base; this was a highly desirable boon as the crew could wash off the thick chalky salty residue that built on their clothes and skin. The nearest town, however, was 7 hours away. See more »

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Earth, Wind & Fire & The Legend Of The Crimson Wing
7 April 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Well, I must say that I was really quite impressed with this "Disneynature" documentary that took an in-depth look at the flamingos of Africa who (once a year) arrive by the 1000s at Lake Natron (in Tanzania) in order to mate and raise their young.

In part, this thoughtful documentary was, without question, a very sad tale from the viewpoint of the survival of the flamingo chicks who must quickly gather their strength in order to endure the hardships that immediately come before them and challenge their very existence.

With its excellent photography and its equally superb soundtrack music (from The Cinematic Orchestra), I certainly recommend this DVD very highly to those of you who are interested in witnessing such an amazing phenomenon like this one from the world of nature where many astounding marvels are there for us to behold.


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