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Haenyeo (USA)
The Haenyeo, an ancient culture of women free-divers from an island off the coast of South Korea, as they dive for valuable shellfish. 80% of the dwindling Haenyeo culture today are over the age of 60. Within 15-20 years the Haenyeo will have disappeared.
In 2016, UNESCO designated the Haenyeo an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Meeting Neanderthal (France)
Long before the arrival of Homo sapiens, the Neanderthals wander the vast European plains, regularly drowned into the Ice Ages. Several discoveries, in France and England, and especially on the island of Jersey, now allow the archaeologists to understand the lifestyle of those first great nomads of Europe, that lasted 300 000 years.

Mesopotamia: The Season of The Great Empires (Italy)
Mesopotamia: a wonded heritage, tells the story of the irreparable loss of vestiges and the impact on people because the historical references of the world they are heirs to have vanished.
As a consequence of the irreparable loss of vestiges – sculptures, cuneiform tablets, cylindrical seals – it has become increasingly difficult for the present-day peoples of Mesopotamia to conserve their links with the land where they live because the historical references of the world they are heirs to have vanished. And what remains is a black hole of social bewilderment and anguish.


Project Shiphunt(USA)
In spring of 2011, five high school students from Saginaw, Michigan undertook the adventure of a lifetime: hunt for a shipwreck, investigate its identity, and document it in 3D for future generations. Accompanied by a team of scientists, archaeologists, and historians from NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the students conducted a full-fledged research mission, as they searched the deep waters of northeastern Lake Huron.

Riddle of the Bones: Gender Revolution (Germany)
Hunting men, gathering women - that is the picture of prehistory as many of us know it. The man as a hunter was long regarded as the main breadwinner of the family. Wrong, say many researchers today.
Stone Age artists, rich princesses from the Bronze Age and axes-swinging Vikings actually existed. Scientific methods, which are usually used in forensics, are helping researchers worldwide to gain new insights.


River of Treasures (Poland)
The unknown history of the Poland and Sweden war, and the search for the Polish king treasures that disappeared 350 years ago.
A small expedition of archaeologists, divers and filmmakers set out to find it. The explorers spend years on the difficult task of penetrating riverbed of the Vistula with sonars, echosounders and often with just bare hands.


Roman Engineering: Roads (Spain)
This documentary series describes the ability of the Romans to accept and assimilate knowledge, no matter where it came from, and then perfect it. The six episodes shows the engineering of Rome and the astuteness of its engineers in applying knowledge and resources to the construction of prodigious structures that were designed to link the vast territories of the empire, to control the water supply and to build extraordinary cities.

Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art (USA)
The story of Iowa native, George Leslie Stout. During WW2, Stout lead the Monuments Men on the greatest treasure hunt in history, recovering over five-million pieces of stolen art from the Nazis.

The Great Maya Aquifer (Mexico)
“The Great Maya Aquifer” places special emphasis on the exploration of caves and cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula, and sends a message about the importance of conserving the natural and cultural heritage that the area houses. Through the stories of explorers and researchers, the biological and historical secrets that the Aquifer of the Yucatan peninsula has safeguarded for thousands of years can be discovered. The history of the exploration and mapping of Sac Aktun, the largest flooded cave in the world located in Tulum, Quintana Roo will be known, as well as details of the discovery and study of a submerged Mayan offering and the history of the search for the mythical cenote located below from El Castillo de Chichen Itza.

The Last Tribes (Turkey)

Humans have hunted and gathered for thousands of years just to survive. They lived as part of the nature, without destroying anything. Today, only a few regions are left on earth where this life cycle continues. One of those very special places is the Tsumkwe region in Namibia. ‘The Last Tribes’ depicts the life of the Ju’/Hoansi San People one of the extraordinary peoples of Namibia, communing with nature.


The Ring People (USA)
Forty centuries ago, ancient natives left their mark on the landscape of coastal South Carolina. Today, archaeologists from SCDNR, a dozen universities and the National Park Service search for clues to our earliest known coastal dwellers. The story takes viewers to remote sites as scientists discover the ancient South Carolinians who built monumental rings of shell.

Thus speaks Tarām-Kūbi, Assyrian Correspondences (France)
About 4 000 years ago, Assyrian merchants established a commercial settlement in the ancient city of Kaneš, within Central Anatolia. They came from Aššur, north of Mesopotamia. 
We have come to understand their history through their writings on clay tablets that have stood the test of time: more than 22 500 cuneiform tablets have been unearthed from the archaeological site of Kültepe.


We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka (USA)
We, the Polynesian voyagers of Taumako, Solomon Islands, share our history, motivations, and skills, through story-telling, canoe building, and wayfinding. We recall our ancestors, who made the greatest of human migrations. We use only the designs, materials, and methods of our culture-hero, Lata, who built the first voyaging canoe (vaka) and navigated to distant islands.

We, the Voyagers: Our Moana (USA)
In our isolated Polynesian community, we live the story of our ancestral culture-hero, Lata. To make a voyage Lata welcomes men, women and children as crew, including hard workers with skills and applicants of dubious character, including an anthropologist. We bless the vessel and sailors, and learn how to set the sails and navigate. We find our way in the open ocean by interacting with patterns of winds, waves, stars, and other signs that our ancestors show us when we need them.

 






Arkhaios 2020 Official Selection Films Synopsis

(in competition)