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Posted by: In: 13 Jan 2013 0 comments

A journey back through the most ancient history of Peru. Four thousand years before the Incas and the arrival of the Conquistadors, the Andes and the northern coast were the cradle of Peru’s earliest civilizations. This is known as the Formative Period, when the religious class began to build sanctuaries that became centers of learning that people traveled long distances to visit in search of knowledge of the best seasons to plant their crops or of the arrival the El Niño weather phenomenon. The Chavín, Caral, Ventarrón, Sechin and Cupisnique cultures reached surprising levels of technological development, with works like the Cumbemayo canals, of the Cajamarca culture, the largest work of hydrological engineering carried out in the ancient Americas....

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Posted by: In: 03 Oct 2012 0 comments

We journey through the north coast of Peru following the archeological remains of the Moche culture, which thrived from the 1st Century BC to the 6th Century AD. Starting from the colonial city of Trujillo, this documentary reveals to us everything that can be seen along this route covering the desert, the Pacific Ocean, and the Andes. We discover spectacular island landscapes, parched wastelands, forests, inlets, beaches, canyons, and perpetually snowy peaks. We visit cities steeped in history and small villages near the archeological digs, which unveil this mysterious land’s past since the dawn of time....

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Posted by: In: 24 Apr 2012 0 comments

The Lady of Cao is the first female ruler of pre-Columbian Peru to be discovered. She is believed to have governed in the Chicama valley, very close to the city of Trujillo, about 1700 years ago. The discovery of her tomb in 2006 was a major breakthrough in all previous theories about the Moche civilization. Through historical recreations, we will learn how the Moche society of the area was like and the importance of this mysterious tattooed mommy in her times....

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Posted by: In: 22 Jun 2011 0 comments

With the Castro de Baroña as the central element of the story, we describe the unique culture of the “castros,” which originated in what today is the autonomous region of Galicia, in northwestern Spain. We go back in history to the Stone Age and compare the Galician settlements with those of England, Ireland, and Scotland, with particular attention to Stonehenge. Dolmens, burial mounds, and stelae reveal to us the evolution of the first inhabitants of Galicia. The Celtic heritage was decisive in the culture of the castros. We move forward in history through the fortified castros influenced by the migrations from the south, by Mediterranean peoples such as the Phoenicians and Tartessians. Aerial photography and animated maps will show us the territory they lived in. Through 3-D recreations and scenes with actors and extras, we will gradually reveal what their lives were like, what gods they believed in, and what enemies they faced. The period of Romanization has l...

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Posted by: In: 20 Jul 2010 0 comments

A people who lived on the brink of the abyss and buried their dead on sheer cliffs, defying all logic… The Chachapoya culture flourished between 800 and 1500 AD in northern Peru, at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters. No one knows for sure whether the Chachapoyas came out of the jungles or the mountains, but they settled in a place that seems impossibly difficult to live in: the mountainous fringes of the Peruvian jungle. An Explora Films team made up of specialists in high-risk film shoots, speleologists, mountain rescue experts, and archeologists has reached the depths of Chachapoya territory to study their habits and customs. This group of specialists has explored the funerary “chulpas,” or tombs, located on the sheer walls of the region’s towering cliffs. The unimaginable constructions, enigmatic paintings and rock carvings, mummies that appear to communicate encrypted messages, and mysterious sarcophagi perched on rocky ledges have been examine...

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Posted by: In: 03 Dec 2008 0 comments

This documentary deals with the Moche culture, which developed on the northern coast of Peru, between 100 BC and 600 AC. It is a fairly unknown culture that disappeared after reaching its peak. A Great Lord who governed and was buried with great honors, so that his message would endure in time, and a man, an archaeologist named Walter Alva, who rescued him from his tomb to fulfill his plan of the past. Today, everyone has heard of the Moches, thanks to the discoveries made during the last two decades. The finds continue, however, and the splendor of this unique civilization still surprises the world....

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