As international interest in the Arctic grows, Russia is resuming development of Franz Josef Land, its polar territory situated only 900 km from the North Pole. RT Doc takes a look at the lives of the people laying the foundations for a new town here, while living next door to a group of curious polar bears.
Tiny Migingo is one of the most densely populated islands in the world. In the middle of Lake Victoria, it’s home to Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen and their families. RT Doc’s Peter Scott paid a visit to find out how more than a thousand people live on a rock half the size of a football pitch.
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, 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 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 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.
Often described as a mystery, Moscow reveals yet another of its secrets; beneath its ancient streets lies a little known underworld of dark catacombs, hidden passages and underground rivers. It provides a bottomless pit of adrenaline for the small army of volunteers who compete to out-do each other and be recognised as the ultimate digger.
For one month a year, the Arctic becomes home to a floating research camp. Located on an ice floe, the “Barneo” station assists with various projects. RTD travelled to Earth’s northernmost part, in order to see to what extremes some researchers – as well as tourists – are willing to go.
The Maasai tribe in Kenya proved a very welcoming host for professional traveller and photographer, Olga Michi. During her time in Africa, she stayed with them to learn about and photograph, their way of life. She later invited a few members of the tribe to go with her to snow-shrouded Moscow, a world they could never have imagined.
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.
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.
“Keldysh” is Russia’s famous research vessel. She’s heading towards the Arctic Circle on a mission to collect important underwater samples. One of the scientists aboard helped draft Russia’s Arctic shelf claim, submitted to the UN. He explains the science behind it.