|The lost Mines of the Pharaohs|
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Afghanistan - one of the most remote and dangerous countries in the world. Yet for the last 20 years, through the turmoil of Russian invasion, retaliation, civil war and religious jihad, an American has travelled through the country in search of fabulous precious stones. Gem Hunter is a journey across the roof of the world, a journey through the recent turbulent history of Afghanistan, and a journey back to the Egypt of the pharaohs.
Writer & Director: Paul Reddish
Camera: Ian McCarthy
Edit: Rob Harrington
Sound: Joe Knauer
Sound Editor: Angela Groves
Dubbing Mixer: Chris Domaille
Music: Kurt Adametz
A Free Spirit Films & epo-film production for ORF in association with Docstar, ZDF and bm:bwk
Afghanistan - one of the most remote and dangerous countries in the world. Yet for the last 20 years, through the turmoil of Russian invasion, retaliation, civil war and religious jihad, one man has travelled through the country in search of fabulous precious stones.
Gary Bowersox, he has often had to travel incognito, through mine fields, over some the most rugged passes in the world, to reach mines hidden in the Hindu Kush, the roof of the world. This film is the story of this man, and his achievements. It follows his journey to the mines he has rediscovered and helped reinvigorate.
Along with a great story of adventure set in the most stunning scenery, there is the history of the mines. The lapis lazuli mine is the oldest on the planet, over 6,000 years ago the precious blue stone was dug by hand and traded to Egypt of the pharaohs. The blue of the funeral mask of Tutankhamun is Afghan lapis. Alexander the Great, Tamerlane and Marco Polo, all sought the fabled mines of Afghanistan.
Director Paul Reddish and cameraman Wolfgang Thaler also produced 'The Magic Trees of Assam', the multi-award winning special about the mysterious Indian giant honey bee that was a finalist in the acclaimed Wildscreen 2000 competition.
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