A rather unique forest is found in the Iberian Peninsula, one which occupies nearly a third of the wooded area and whose biodiversity of landscape is truly extraordinary. The name given to this cleared Mediterranean forest is Dehesa and its distinct ecosystem cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Hundreds of years ago, medieval society lived surrounded by forests. But small towns and villages were frequently attacked. To avoid these ambushes, people decided to do away with parts of the forest so they culled many of its trees and eradicated its brush. The name Dehesa appears to have come from the clearing of the forest as defense. The Dehesa model slowly made its way to many other areas of the Iberian Peninsula and the oak, cork and gall oak trees have helped shape a distinctly Iberian forest, known for balancing its livestock, farming and forestry with its wildlife to perfection. Ever since then and still today, these old trees have survived history and their branches are home to the most legendary of Mediterranean birds that build their nests and witness how new generations take flight in search of new territories. Underneath their branches, as infinite amount of creatures gather round to enjoy the fruits from these trees, while others hide in their crevices. The Dehesa is, above all else, a battlefield, a place where large herbivores challenge each other and formidable eagles hunt for food. It is where some of Europe's largest reptiles live under the great pressure of the mongoose, and where flowers hide predators in surprising disguise. But it is also a friendly place that, each year, receives thousands of long distance travelers who choose to spend the winter here or reproduce. Many of them are from Northern Europe, searching for a warmer climate and a most treasured fruit - the acorn - considered the Dehesa's golden nugget. A currency it uses with the animals in order to preserve its existence.
In the farthest Mediterranean islet away from continent, where most where most fightless animals died many years ago, one species of lizard did survive and became unique in the world. Shrewed, intelligent, explorer and courious, essential qualities for survival. This and the lizard special diet allow this species to survive.
Brin d’Amour portrays the astounding life and work of Alain Vigneau, a Clown whose childhood wounds drove him to develop the Transformative Art Work called Essential Clown, which celebrates our unique tragicomedy..
The world cultural heritage is under threat. Many of the most beautiful treasures we have received in heritage are in danger of extinction. “GUARDIANS OF THE HISTORY” travel all over the world to meet the people willing to devote their lives to protect our common legacy.
What would lead Iñaki Plaza, a musician, and scholar and champion of traditional Basque music, to leave his hometown of Orduña, the little village in Biscay with the highest concentration of musicians per m2 in Spain? The answer is an unusual experiment. The experiment involves packing up his txalaparta (a traditional wooden instrument, beaten like a drum), pandero (tambourine) and trikitixa (accordion), and leaving for Madrid. His aim is to set up courses in the Spanish capital to teach both aficionados and novices to play these all important instruments in traditional Basque music. It’s a theoretical experiment, with no guarantee of success. Despite there being a constant flow of people between the two regions, they are fairly unaware of each other. Music is a universal language and will act as the catalyst in this experiment, set to change the lives of Iñaki, his students and to alter our way of understanding and enjoying Basque culture outside its natural habitat