This episode focuses on the magnificent Mo-gao caves at Dun-huang in the Gobi desert. In this complex, there are 500 caves and over 3,000 statues and murals. It is counted as the longest art gallery in the world.
This episode sees the expedition crossing first the Yellow River, with its goat-skin rafts and giant waterwheels, and entering the Gobi desert along the He-xi corridor, where it visits some of the main citadels along the route.
A biography of Confucius that looks at the salient features of his life story, including the legendary parts also.
The first episode in the series focuses on Chang-an, which in modern-day China is called Xi-an. It was formerly the capital of China and the source of the Silk Road which ran from there to Rome. In ancient times it was the largest city in the world.
Here I have collected together some statistics from the film HOME in a sequence which is worthwhile spending some time contemplating.
The visuals in the film consisting mainly of aerial photography, give a bird’s eye view of the planet which helps to situate not only the inter-connectedness of all living beings, but also our own position in its evolution.
Tomorrow I will be showing the documentaryHOME as this week’s Friday Night Video. I consider it one of the most important documentaries of the past decade. The HOME of the title is our fragile Earth.