Unnatural Histories – Documentary that takes a new look at three of the world’s most iconic wild places and discovers that each has been shaped over time by man.
The Serengeti first became wild when a colonial disease crippled the economic livelihoods of local people, emptying the land and allowing the modern vision of Africa as a pristine wilderness to take hold.
In the American West, Yellowstone was born when a romantic European ideal was imposed on the homelands of Native Americans by ambitious politicians and railroad tycoons.
And today, as the loggers move deeper into the world’s last great wilderness, strange earthworks emerge from the destruction of the “virgin” forest – evidence of ancient cities in the very heart of the Amazon.
With the purity of even the most pristine wild places under question, what is the future for wilderness?
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Spring / Summer 2011
Source: BBC Press Office