Explorations

Explorations

A selection of films of travel and adventure, discovery and cultural encounters, here and there, past and present.

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Explorations
  • 90° South

    Directed by Herbert G. Ponting • Documentary • With Herbert G. Ponting • 1933 • 73 minutes

    Sound version, with commentary by expedition photographer Herbert Ponting, of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13 to Antarctica, under the leadership of Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

  • 10th Parallel

    Directed by Silvio Da-Rin • Documentary • 2011 • 87 minutes

    10th PARALLEL takes us on a 300-mile journey up Brazil's Envira river into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, to the frontier of a territory populated by the country's uncontacted indigenous tribes. Our guide is Jose Carlos Meirelles, ...

  • Antarctic Edge: 70° South

    Directed by Dena Seidel • Documentary • 2015 • 72 minutes

    A thrilling journey to one of the world's most perilous environments, Antarctic Edge: 70° South follows a team of scientists as they explore the West Antarctic Peninsula.

    In the wake of devastating climate events like Superstorm Sandy an...

  • Antarctica: A Year on Ice

    Directed by Anthony Powell • Documentary • With Genevieve Bachman • 2017 • 92 minutes

    Antarctica: A Year On Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a clos...

  • Around India with a Movie Camera

    Directed by Sandhyu Suri • Documentary • 2018 • 72 minutes

    Award-winning filmmaker Sandhya Suri (I for India) skillfully weaves together archival footage—including hand colored sequences—with a new score by composer Soumik Datta to create an emotionally resonant story about life across India fro...

  • Gringo Trails

    Directed by Pegi Vail • Documentary • 2013 • 79 minutes

    Are tourists destroying the planet-or saving it? How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breath...

  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Directed by Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov • Documentary • With Werner Herzog • 2013 • 90 minutes

    Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people liv...

  • Maidentrip

    Directed by Jillian Schlesinger • Documentary • 2013 • 82 minutes

    14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out - camera in hand - on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked...

  • The Marquis of Wavrin

    Directed by Grace Winter & Luc Plantier • Documentary • 2017 • 85 minutes

    The man squats by the fire, holding an object slightly larger than his palm. He feels it carefully, pressing and shaping it, then turns it upside down and fills it with hot sand. The man is a member of the Shuar people, an...

  • Penguin Counters

    Directed by Peter Getzels & Harriet Gordon • Documentary • 2016 • 68 minutes

    Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world's most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. Th...

  • The Prize of the Pole

    Directed by Staffan Julén • Documentary • 2006 • 78 minutes

    This documentary combines biography and history as it accompanies the Inuit hunter Hivshu, a.k.a. Robert E. Peary II, on a quest to trace the story of his great grandfather and his other ancestors, including the Eskimo family the famous...

  • Route One/USA (part 1)

    Directed by Robert Kramer • Documentary • 1990 • 125 minutes

    Part 1 of 2 In 1988, nearly a decade after leaving the US for France, renegade filmmaker Robert Kramer returns. “Back,” he emphasizes. Not “home.” To try to understand the contemporary United States, he decides to travel the entire len...

  • Route One/USA (part 2)

    Directed by Robert Kramer • Documentary • 1990 • 129 minutes

    Part 2 of 2

    In 1988, nearly a decade after leaving the US for France, renegade filmmaker Robert Kramer returns. “Back,” he emphasizes. Not “home.” To try to understand the contemporary United States, he decides to travel the entire le...

  • Royal Journey

    Directed by David Bairstow • Documentary • 1951 • 54 minutes

    A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951 includes the pageantry of Québec City; the National War Memorial in Ottawa; the Trenton Ai...

  • Suspension

    Directed by Simón Uribe Martínez • Documentary • 2020 • 75 minutes

    Deep in the misty jungle of southern Colombia, between treacherously steep mountain slopes, stands an unfinished concrete bridge as an absurd symbol of human folly. Once intended as a link in the new “bypass” that was supposed to...

  • Travels in the Congo (Voyage au Congo)

    Directed by Marc Allégret • Documentary • 1927 • 117 minutes

    In 1925, Marc Allégret accompanied André Gide on a journey to French Equatorial Africa, the Congo, as his secretary, and novice filmmaker. Filming throughout their 11-month travels, and only three years after Nanook of the North, Allég...

  • Winter Nomads

    Directed by Manuel von Sturler • Documentary • 2013 • 85 minutes

    Pascal, 53, and Carole, 28, are shepherds. Every year in November they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four...