Monday Night at the Movies: Okavango

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You’ll have to forgive tonight’s selection, gentle readers. It’s more nature porn than environmental treatise, but that’s because I’m suffering from a terrible case of itchy feet. For the last couple of days, I’ve been daydreaming about last summer’s trip to Africa, so tonight we’ll be watching episode eight of African Wild: Okavango.

The three days we spent in the Okavango Delta were some of the best of my life, and they brought to light — in the most fantastic way imaginable — the importance of water for survival.

(As a side note: if you travel to Africa, by all means, go tent camping with the folks at Intrepid Traveland ask for Gerrit as a tour leader. You’ll support the local economy, see incredible wildlife, and bond like mad with your tourmates. I’m talkin’ to you, Toilet Hippo survivors.)

What places in the world — that you’ve visited or only dreamed about — have made an impact on the way you look at the environment?

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  • If anyone’s curious, this wasn’t terrible to watch. A couple of times we caught filmmakers using duplicate footage or panning across a still-image. As a writer, I was more offended by the redundant dialog or drama phrased in the scripting that wasn’t fulfilled or even represented with the accompanying footage. Netflix gave it two stars for us, based on how we rated other films. That might be a tad harsh. I’d say 2-1/2. I’d suggest watching it on mute, but you really need a bit of the background sounds and music. Too bad there isn’t a “mute narrator” button.

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