amur: asia's amazon

Explore the unspoilt natural world along the Amur river, from its headwaters in Mongolia to its estuary in the northern Pacific.

programme information


3 x 60' or 1 x 90'

Production Company

A co-production of Terra Mater Factual Studios, Interspot Film and NDR Naturfilm Doclights in association with ARTE France






New York Festivals 2016 (New York, USA): Gold World Medal Episode 01 & 03 (Category: Nature & Wildlife)
New York Festivals 2016 (New York, USA): Bronze World Medal Episode 02 (Category: Environment & Ecology)

Episode Information

The Amur river is among the ten mightiest rivers of our planet – yet hardly known to westerners. For two thousand kilometres, it forms the border between Russia and China – and here lies a lost world, long inaccessible to foreigners but home to millions of wild animals. The river’s headwaters are in Mongolia; and some 5,000 kilometres from its source, it eventually feeds into the Pacific Ocean. The richly varied wild ecosystems along its course include expanses of steppe, mountain tundra, virgin boreal forests, vast floodplains and wetlands, subtropical forests and the pristine coast of the northern Pacific. Its western half is under the regime of a harsh and extreme continental climate; its eastern half, with China's and some of Russia's vastest wetlands, belongs to the realm of the monsoon. In three episodes, ‘Asia’s Amazon’ explores the unspoilt natural world along the river and its tributaries and tells amazing stories of the wildlife and traditional communities that battle to survive in a unique and, to western eyes, largely unknown environment. This is a visual and dramatic journey of discovery along the mighty Amur river, an expedition into a lost and exotic world.

Episode Titles

Episode 001 The Far East The Black Dragon
The Secret Springs

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