Sergey Yastrzhembsky travels to the small Italian town of Siena, to experience the Palio - a bareback horse race which has remained virtually unchanged since medieval times. It is by far the most famous horse race in Italy, and the last bareback race in the world.
The Uros people of Peru are unique. For centuries their tribe has lived on manmade islands on Lake Titicaca. Its waters provide everything they need; from food to the reeds they use to build their homes, floating villages and boats. Theirs is an incredible waterborne world with its own traditions, beliefs and a unique take on democracy.
Peru is an explorer’s dream. While the wilderness of the Amazon rainforest covers much of its territory, this South American country is also home to a rich and diverse culture. Historically, it was the cradle of the mysterious Inca civilization before becoming the heart of Spain’s colonial empire in the New World. From the coast, to the mountains, to the jungle, each of its main geographical regions has its own story to tell.
On the shores of Lake Turkana lives the smallest of Kenya’s tribes – the El Molo. Skilled fishermen and hunters, they preserve their traditional, simple way of life. For centuries, this self-sufficient society lived in total isolation, but their shrinking numbers eventually forced them to allow marriages with members of neighbouring tribes.
The Dogon people, who call themselves “the children of the pale fox”, live on Mali's Bandiagara plateau, a UNESCO world heritage site. Their tribe was discovered by accident only in 1930. Centuries of isolation from the outside world have allowed them to preserve their unique rituals, lifestyle, and social order.
The Dogon, an isolated tribe in West Africa, still maintain their ancient and unique belief system. They have no written language: their myths and legends have been passed down through the generations by oral tradition. For centuries, they insisted their ancestors came to Earth from a faraway star, but it was only in 1862 that scientists discovered Sirius B, the star the Dogon people call home.
The famous salt caravan makes its way from Djibouti to Ethiopia through the hottest place in the world: the Danakil Desert in East Africa. This journey goes back to biblical times, as the salt trade has always played an important role in the economy of the region. The salt itself is mined at Lake Asal, a body of water that boasts higher salinity than the Dead Sea.
A prominent politician turns traveller: in this new film cycle, Sergey Yastrzhembsky strays off the beaten path to explore traditional ways of life in tribes and small societies across Africa, Europe and South America. Join him as he discovers fascinating myths and legends, ancient traditions, and unique lifestyles of people in faraway lands. On this occasion, he visits the Republic of Djibouti and finds out about the surprising connections that link this Red Sea port with Russia.