An elephant herd in Namibia is observed, as the matriarch, called Knob Nose, leads eighteen other elephants through the unforgiving terrain. Also: Ginger Mauney and her veterinarian husband present their findings on the animals.
A look at big cats reports on four endangered species. Included: Siberian tigers, seen in a Swedish zoo; American mountain lions, seen in the Idaho wilderness; Amazonian jaguars, which trappers are driving deeper into the jungle; and Asiatic lions, observed in a forest in southwest India.
A document of the year spent in French Polynesia by a New Jersey family. Aspects of their new-found lives include a community fishing drive; an evening feast on roast pig; an undersea expedition to the reef; a visit to a pagan temple; and Bastille Day in the capital city of Papeete.
People who endeavor to restore treasures from the past. Included: Virginian Ken Hyde's recrafting of a WWI biplane; Soviet craftsmen laboring on the Catherine Palace in Leningrad; and Texans working on a 109-year-old tall ship.
"Bushmen of the Kalahari," a civilization's move from the Stone Age to the present. This 1974 film documents the Bushmen's struggle to assimilate modern ways to their primitive culture, facing such obstacles as fences erected across their hunting grounds. Included: explorer John Marshall's reunion with the tribe, with whom he lived during the 1958 filming of "The Hunters," which he co-produced.
In this look at life on the sea, cameras follow a Portuguese schooner on a six-month voyage, where the crew fish 12 hours a day and clean the catch for another six. Also observed: a storm at sea; the captain in yarning; and shore leave in Canada.
Modern Norsemen in the Faeroe Islands, midway between Scotland and Iceland. Cameras record the Norsemen's lifestyle, which includes herding sheep, fishing in the North Atlantic and hunting whales. Written and directed by George A. Vicas.
The little-seen world of insects. On camera: a butterfly's metamorphosis; the bee's pollination contribution; crop-destroying locusts; South America's voracious army ants; and African termites whose colonies have a caste system.
Views of active volcanos highlight this expedition with Dr. Haroum Tazieff, a leading authority on volcanology. Included: 1971 footage of Italy's erupting Mount Etna, where Tazieff is seen collecting gas samples; and a fiery pit in Africa, Mount Nyirangongo.
A cross-section of Russian life is seen during a journey down the Volga. Locales visited include Volgograd, where a World War II memorial service is held; Togliatti, an industrial center; tsarist palaces; and Lenin's birthplace and tomb.
Yellowstone National Park and Alaska are visited to study the grizzly---an animal "celebrated and romanticized". Included: preservation efforts; scenes of bruins catching and devouring fish; and interviews with researchers.
Cameras travel to Tanzania to observe colobus monkeys living in the trees of Mount Meru. The monkeys, noted for their thick black and white fur, are seen caring for their young and interacting with other animals.
Creatures that inhabit the mangroves of Borneo, including proboscis monkeys, beer-bellied simians adept at swimming; fiddler crabs; mudskippers, which use their fins to traverse mud; and short-clawed otters.
A look at a Hong Kong family focuses on the Leongs, whose lifestyles are a blend of the diverse influences in the British colony. From their “floating store,” the Leongs sell a variety of merchandise to ship crews in the harbor. The documentary interweaves their story with scenes of shrines, factories and schools, and uses newsreels to trace the colony's history.
“The Voyage of the Brigantine Yankee” retraces the last world voyage (1957-58) of the vessel, captained by Irving Johnson and his wife. The focus is on Yankee's South Pacific ports-of-call, including Pitcairn Island.
The National Park Service, focusing on whether the parks should provide more services to visitors or remain protected wildernesses. Included: scenes of Yellowstone, Denali (Alaska) and the Grand Canyon.
A look at Holland's struggles against the sea includes the evolution of dikes; Holland's seafaring activities; the flood of 1953 that destroyed the city of Veere; and such sports as ice yachting and canal vaulting.
Wildlife and vegetation indigenous to the Namib Desert of southwestern Africa are studied in this documentary. Scenes include lizards and beetles drinking their body moisture; a sand grouse bringing its young water in its feathers; and an adder, mole and spider using camouflage to trap prey.
A journey down the Amazon, from its source in the Peruvian Andes to its mouth in northern Brazil. Views of isolated forest tribes include a school for witch doctors. Also: a ruined Inca city; an American expatriate who captures wildlife for zoos; piranha fish attacking their kill.
Gold---how it's sought, smuggled, traded and hoarded. Included: black miners in South Africa; fortune hunters searching for ancient tribal tombs in Colombia; Italian goldsmiths making jewelry; and the London gold exchange.
A study of the Chesapeake Bay, a “recreational paradise [and] vital commercial highway” on the Atlantic coast. Included: a stop at the annual Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield (Md.), the “crab capital of the world.” Also: the effects of pollution and overdevelopment upon the area.