Three-part documentary series The Great Human Odyssey now available on Curio.ca
journey around the world and back in time with anthropologist Dr. Niobe
Thompson, and discover the miracle of our species.
documentary series The Great Human
Odyssey explores the unlikely survival and miraculous emergence of Homo
sapiens as the world’s only global species. Ancient climate research has
revealed that we evolved during the most volatile era since the extinction of
the dinosaurs. Just like the many other kinds of human who once shared our
world, we should have died away. Instead, our species survived to populate
every corner of the planet, against all the odds.
months of filming, Niobe followed in the footsteps of our ancestors across
locations on five continents, working with 22 Canadian, American and South
African cinematographers, including aerials, underwater, and ultra-slow motion
specialists. Equipped with the next generation of ultraHD 4K cameras, film
crews worked in some of the most hostile environments on Earth, including
Arctic Siberia, remote South Pacific islands, tropical rainforests and African
New Guinea’s Sepik River, Niobe witnessed the extremely rare skin cutting
initiation of the Crocodile People. His crew was the first in film history to
visit the Badjao – the world’s last breath-hold diving nomads – in their
war-torn homeland in the southern Philippines. In Russia, they filmed over the
course of a full year in a closed border zone on the Bering Strait, eventually
succeeding in their goal of capturing a traditional Inuit nest raid on
200-meter high sea cliffs.
same time, their cameras had privileged access to one of the world’s leading
ancient DNA laboratories, where research on early human remains is explaining
the mysteries of our survival, including the enigma of our ancestral
interbreeding with Neanderthals.
The Great Human Odyssey boasts a live symphonic and choral
score by Darren Fung, recorded with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
and ProCoro Canada at one of North America’s leading acoustic spaces,
Edmonton’s renowned Winspear Opera Hall.
learn more, click here to visit the series’ interactive website