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Wonders of the Monsoon

  • 2014
  • Season 1
  • 5 episodes
  • Education
  • Nature

Summary

How life flourishes under the tumultuous weather system that is the monsoon.

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Episode 5: People of the Monsoon

Summary

Exploring the relationship that has developed over thousands of years between the people who live in monsoon regions and the wildlife they share them with. In the rice paddies of Assam, India, farmers battle a herd of hungry elephants over their crops, while on the Philippine island of Palawan, near Borneo, people still hunt in the forest and live in caves for part of the year. The programme also looks at the impact of organised religion, meeting members of the Bishnoi sect who believe that all life is sacred and have even been known to lay down their lives to protect trees. Colin Salmon narrates.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There has always been a strong relationship between the people who live in monsoon lands and their wildlife. In particular, the worship of natural spirits such as snakes has indirectly protected the environment. However, in recent decades western incomers have hunted wildlife and cleared sacred forests (for lumber and to plant cash crops such as oil palms), upsetting the ecological balance.

Certain species are now endangered, while devastating landslips and floods are common in deforested areas. The last film in the series shows that while we may never practise religious beliefs such as those held by the compassionate Bishnoi, we can limit the damage by responsible foresting and sustainable farming.

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NarratorColin Salmon

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Executive producerJames Honeyborne
Executive producerChris Cole
ProducerJonathan Clay
Series producerPaul Bradshaw

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  • Episode 5

    People of the Monsoon

    Summary

    Exploring the relationship that has developed over thousands of years between the people who live in monsoon regions and the wildlife they share them with. In the rice paddies of Assam, India, farmers battle a herd of hungry elephants over their crops, while on the Philippine island of Palawan, near Borneo, people still hunt in the forest and live in caves for part of the year. The programme also looks at the impact of organised religion, meeting members of the Bishnoi sect who believe that all life is sacred and have even been known to lay down their lives to protect trees. Colin Salmon narrates.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    There has always been a strong relationship between the people who live in monsoon lands and their wildlife. In particular, the worship of natural spirits such as snakes has indirectly protected the environment. However, in recent decades western incomers have hunted wildlife and cleared sacred forests (for lumber and to plant cash crops such as oil palms), upsetting the ecological balance.

    Certain species are now endangered, while devastating landslips and floods are common in deforested areas. The last film in the series shows that while we may never practise religious beliefs such as those held by the compassionate Bishnoi, we can limit the damage by responsible foresting and sustainable farming.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorColin Salmon

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerJames Honeyborne
    Executive producerChris Cole
    ProducerJonathan Clay
    Series producerPaul Bradshaw
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