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(171) 6.4 67 min 2017

Armed with low tech gear and high minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world's most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. Famed as a place that wants you dead, this film follows a rag tag team of field biologists to some of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health by counting penguin populations. From the tip of Argentina to the ominous Deception Island, 'The Penguin Counters' is a treacherous, heart warming journey by a 21st century Dr. Doliitle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.

Genres
Documentary, Adventure
Director
Harriet Gordon Getzels, Peter Getzels, Erik Osterholm

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Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020 13:15

I'm not a big fan of the films about the same subject matter, but this film is different. It's a documentary about The Penguin Counters, a program of school children in Canada, who spend several hours in a quiet room, making a script that people can read and be inspired by. There are three programs, one for boys, one for girls, and one for the parents. There is a strong resemblance to the "Last Supper" of Aaron Sorkin. The documentaries are narrated by the kids. The program is also available on the Internet, so if you're interested in it, go to the website and you can find out more about the program and also read the transcript of the interviews, which are edited together very well. There is no commentary, but that's not what the program was intended to be. The best part of this documentary is that it is simply a wonderful documentary about children in an unusual environment that allows them to express their thoughts and ideas. It's not a documentary about politics, religion, or anything like that. The kids' ideas are just great, and it's hard to imagine that such a program could be done in such a nice way. The kids are almost all boys, and they are being used to speak about things that they can't say in their own words. There are some men in the interviews, but they are only in the background. This is not a documentary about politics or religion, just about a special program that kids can't just say or do about anything. I would recommend this to anybody who wants to know more about this program.


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