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Discovery Award
2019

Honors the film that makes an outstanding effort to promote learning about science to the general public. The film generates interest and enthusiasm for science and knowledge acquisition. It provides an exemplary balance between education and entertainment of the highest quality.

Discovery Award

Humboldt and the Rediscovery of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt was one Germany's most important explorers and was partly responsible for geography being recognized as empirical science. His research trips have taken him to Latin America, the Unites States and Central Asia, where he has conducted scientific fieldwork in a variety of fields, including physics, chemistry, geology, botany and astronomy. However, it was only recently that his early understanding of environmental issues became a focus of research. On the occasion of the German naturalist's 250th birthday, historian Andrea Wulf takes a breathtaking journey halfway around the world and takes the viewer to the rapids of the Orinoco and to the highest Andean peaks, which shaped Humboldt's new understanding of nature.

  • Categories Culture and History

  • Original Title Terra X – Humboldt und die Neuentdeckung der Natur
  • Director Tilman Remme
  • Produced by ZDF
  • Running Time 43:30 minutes
  • Country Germany
  • Year 2019