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Facing the Flood 

Some five months of Andes and Aamzonian rain forest monsoon cause the mountain streams to swell and start a cascade of flooding, spectacularly affecting Brazilizn wildlife. The capuchin ... See full summary »

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Joe Stevens
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Episode credited cast:
Stephen Mangan ... Narrator (voice)
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Mauricio Copetti Mauricio Copetti ... Himself
Ted Giffords Ted Giffords ... Himself
Erik Thompson Erik Thompson ... Narrator
Adam White Adam White ... Himself
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Some five months of Andes and Aamzonian rain forest monsoon cause the mountain streams to swell and start a cascade of flooding, spectacularly affecting Brazilizn wildlife. The capuchin monkeys on the cliffs must make the best of a few eeks of abundant vegetation, while offspring must learn fast to become less dependent on mother and fit into the rude group hierarchy. The otters enjoy abundant fish but are hunted by cayman and, like even these, the mighty jaguar. The coati must retreat higher as their lowlands prairies flood, but feast on lung fish in pools and shallow patches. Written by KGF Vissers

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UK

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English

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15 January 2014 (UK) See more »

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The mountains and the flood
1 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of nature documentaries, especially the work of David Attenborough. Having been recommended 'Wild Brazil' through Amazon and here with the high rating, it was instantly put down on my list as a must see. Also heard nothing but praise for it, which has nearly always been a good sign, so that further sparked interest, as well as having loved a lot of the BBC 'Wild...' series.

'Wild Brazil' is as good as others on Amazon have said, once getting past what is said about the subtitles, and there is not much to add, actually feeling much more than just a documentary. Throughout it's an awe-inspiring, utterly transfixing experience where at its absolutely best one forgets they're watching a documentary and instead feeling like they're watching art. To me 'Wild Brazil' is completely deserving of its praise, should have lasted longer than the mere three episodes it lasted.

It is a shame that the subtitles on the DVD are distracting, but there is really not much to fault here.

However, 'Wild Brazil' keeps going strong with "Facing the Flood", which is a just as wonderful second episode and once again epitomises all the above and below.

It is hard knowing when to start with the praise. "Facing the Flood" for starters looks amazing, reasons enough to make book a trip to see the more naturalistic parts of Brazil. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting even more with the animals and humans), way and never looking static. In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The scenery and habitats are some of the most breath-taking personally seen anywhere, whether in visual media and real life. The rich colours just leap out and the scenery from this part of the world has rarely looked more beautiful. The music here is a remarkably good fit, throughout it not only complements the visuals but enhances them and there is an authentic flavour to it.

What of the narrative and information aspects? Can't fault "Facing the Flood" in this aspect either. The narration has a great well-balanced mix of facts that will be familiar to the viewer and others that will induce the right amount of surprise. In short, it's just fascinating, informative and thoughtful with lots of insight, a tremendous respect for the subject and an intimate approach that works just right.

From start to finish, "Facing the Flood" managed to intrigue and illuminate, and there is a freshness to the material, not feeling derivative of anything. The narration is delivered articulately, there's an enthusiasm and precision about the delivery and it never feels preachy and always lets the scenery and such speak for itself.

The wildlife themselves are a wonderful mix of the adorable and the dangerous, and one actually finds they're rooting for them in exactly the same way they would a human character, their resilience makes one in awe of them. There is a good deal of suspense and emotional impact. There are some scenes where one is amazed that they managed to be filmed in the first place.

"Facing the Flood" feels much more than an episode of a series and it doesn't feel episodic or repetitive. It instead feels like its own story, without being too reliant on that approach, with real, complex emotions and animal characters developed in a way a human character would in a film but does it better than several.

Overall, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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