The age-old history of the Sahara Desert is characterized by alternating phases of climatic extremes alternating between periods of great dryness and heavy rains. About 12,000 years ago, after a period of extreme drought, the rains returned and life began slowly to return to this desolate landscape. Thus, in the central Sahara, on the massifs of the Tadrart Akakus and the Messak in southwest Libya, the first communities formed, tough and vital, and culturally accomplished. Through the cave paintings and the shelters in which they survived, these communities have left intact a book of stone which has revealed much to the world today about their extraordinary and evolving human story.
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Length: 58 min.
Producer: Lucio and Anna Rosa / Studio Film TV
Distributor: Studio Film TV
Distributor Web site: www.studiofilmtv.it
Copyright: 2007 by Studio Film TV
Festival Screenings and Awards:
Second Prize, International Review of Archaeological Cinema, Rovereto, Italy, 2006
First Prize, International Archaeological Film Festival, Il Capitello d’oro, Rome, Italy, 2007
Jury prize for Best Film, The International Festival of Archaeological Film, "Valle dei Templi,” Agrigento, Italy, 2007
Audience favorite, Cinarchea: International Archaeology Film and Art Festival, Kiel, Germany, 2008
Audience Favorite and Prize for Photograpy, AGON: International Meeting of Archaeological Film of the Mediterranean Area, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2008
Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography (by Jury) and Honorable Mention for Best Animation (by Jury), The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, Eugene, Oregon, USA, 2008