Vedere la Scienza Festival

International Scientific TV, Film and AV Media Festival

Milano   22/3/2010 - 28/3/2010

Spazio Oberdan, Viale Vittorio Veneto 2 - 20121 Milano



  1. Author: Dr. Michael Schlamberger, Jiri Petr
  2. Director: Dr. Michael Schlamberger, Jiri Petr
  3. Editor: Andrew Naylor
  4. Photography: Jiri Petr, Michael Schlamberger
  5. Music: Alexander Bresgen
  6. Sound: Martin Rohrmoser
  7. Production: ScienceVision Filmproduktions
  8. Austria
  9. 50 min.
  10. 2009

In the heart of central Europe, in Bohemia - a region in the Czech Republic - there is an extraordinary system of ponds and linking irrigation channels that were built in the Middle Ages.
In fact, during the 12th century, monks took some carps from the Danube and released them in the rivers and wetlands of Bohemia. This would need soon an extensive system of aquaculture: this is why a sophisticated system of dams and canals was constructed to ensure a constant supply of fresh water.
Today they have become a part of the culture and tradition of the people who still farm them for the carp.
These artificial wetlands have become an essential refuge for wildlife. Nature was not destroyed by human exploitation of this patch of land; instead it flourished. In this small part of the world, mankind created an enchanted landscape, a paradise for wildlife, still ruled by ancient rhythms of the natural world.
Over 150 species of birds breed in this area; there are mammals, like the moose, that are almost no longer found in Europe. Bohemia - A Year in the Wetlands explores these manmade wetlands, and shows that wildlife can still exist side by side with sustainable farming.