Living Cultures

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Saturdays from 7 November, 8.30pm

The ultimate culture clash…The Curious Tribe captures a unique experiment in which award-winning reporter Donal MacIntyre hosts five members of the Insect Tribe of Papua New Guinea in his London home. Turning the tables on MacIntyre’s previous visit to the tribe’s jungle in Papua New Guinea, the tribe members swap their war paint for sweaters and travel to Britain to satisfy their own curiosities about the British way of life. The Curious Tribe is a look at the ordinary things Western society takes for granted. The tribesmen experience England and its culture for the first time and through their eyes we begin to discover that some of our own customs and eccentricities are every bit as ritualized as theirs. Snow, escalators, beds, and football are just a few of the things the tribe members encounter in this eye-opening series.

“I had investigated them and their lives and now they wanted to turn tradition on its head, share our hospitality and, rather unnervingly, examine the way we live,” adds MacIntyre.

EP1 – THE CURIOUS TRIBE: MacIntyre reunites with the Insect Tribe of Papua New Guinea, but this time it’s on his own turf. Members of the tribe travel to Britain to stay with MacIntyre and his family but this is no ordinary tourist experience. The Insect Tribe have a deep fascination with British culture and are eager to observe the British way of life.

Documentary Channel – Sunday 26 September, 7.30pm

Journey into the remote lives of indigenous people across the world who continue to live their lives as their ancestors did centuries before. The series continues with The Great Desert Turf…In Niger, in the Sahel region, dromedary races are extremely popular, and stir up huge excitement among the local nomadic communities. At 35, Djouri Bigué is the village chief of the Peul Woodabe of Belil Tanfirgan. With his two dromedaries and jockeys he races all year round. This year, Djouri and the villagers have decided to organize the grand final at home, in Belil Tanfirgan. Every man dreams of taking part in this important event where a hundred of the best Nigerian dromedaries compete. And everyone hopes to win the $3,000 prize that will be shared among the five winners.

Documentary Channel – Saturdays from 22 August, 7.30pm

Journey into the remote lives of indigenous people across the world who continue to live their lives as their ancestors did centuries before.

The Nenetses, the last reindeer breeders of the Great North, live in northern Siberia. Edik is fourteen years old and goes to school in the small village of Antipayouta. During his spring vacation, Edik goes home to see his parents who live in a vast ice desert: the tundra. In this universe, dominated by the cold and frighteningly violent winds, Edik must learn about the difficult life of a reindeer breeder. If he proves worthy of his ancestors, he will take his place among the men. Four thousand kilometres away, in southern Siberia, in the heart of the Altaï, live the camel breeders of Bactriane. The last few summers have been too hot, and it’s become more and more difficult to find enough green pastures to feed their entire herd during the winter. Natsag, the head of the family, has decided that, with the help of the spirits, this is the year he will choose which of his two grandchildren, Altagan or Dsolbo should take charge of half of the herd. The boy he chooses will thus gain his independence and will be recognized in the Mongol world as a true man.

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Saturday 15 August, 7.30pm

Journey into the remote lives of indigenous people across the world who continue to live their lives as their ancestors did centuries before.

To achieve the status of a man in Central Africa, Banda must climb giant trees to gather honey, the elixir of life, whereas Kolé in Ethiopia must embark on a long journey, which will take him to the bull jumping ceremony…Two initiation quests, each for the same goal : becoming a man.

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Saturdays from 1 August, 7.30pm

Journey into the remote lives of indigenous people across the world who continue to live their lives as their ancestors did centuries before.

Ep1 – THE REINDEER PEOPLE: In Northern Mongolia, there a sacred alliance exists between people, ancestor spirits and reindeer. This film is an intimate portrait of a family of Dukha reindeer nomads, following their migration through the forests of Mongolia’s Hovsgol province. They move with a herd of a hundred reindeer through a sacred forest inhabited by the spirits of their ancestors, who communicate to the living through songs. The oldest Dukha is a 96-year old shaman, called Tsuyan. She is the link between the healing songs of the forest ancestors, her people and their reindeer.She is the centerpiece of an extraordinary adventure that unites people and animals in one of the wildest regions of Mongolia – where people still live and hunt in a forest dominated by supernatural beings. To live in harmony with them, people had to learn to respect nature and animals and to pass down their beliefs, from generation to generation, by invoking the song-lines of their ancestors.