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“Wadjda” is believed to be the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first to have a female director. It’s also Saudi Arabia’s first submission to the Academy Awards. That’s quite a feat for a country with no movie theaters. Not only would men and women sitting next to each other in a…

Human Journey

Inspired by an Arctic assignment for National Geographic, photographer James Balog decided to chronicle the planet’s disappearing glaciers through a three-year, $3 million project called the Extreme Ice Survey. With the help of time-lapse cameras and scientists Dr. Tad Pfeffer and Dr. Jason Box, Balog recorded images of a rapidly changing landscape, which resulted in…

Changing Planet

Can you imagine spending your life encased in 750 pounds of iron? The new film The Sessions is based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a poet who was largely confined to an iron lung—a massive “tin can” that pulled air in and out of his lungs with mechanical pumps—after childhood polio left him…

Human Journey

  By Glenn Oeland There are some National Geographic photographers whose work never fails to dazzle even the most jaded eye. One of them is Paul Nicklen. Maybe it was his childhood among Arctic hunters in the far north of Canada, or perhaps it was his later training in wildlife science. Whatever its source, Paul…

Wildlife

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By Catherine Zuckerman Frog: It’s what’s for dinner. Frog fallopian tubes, to be exact. On a recent episode of The Amazing Race, contestants jetted off to Shanghai and had to down a Chinese delicacy known as hasma. Described as “frog fallopian tubes,” the meal looked daunting—picture a mound of small, milky-white, jiggling blobs. To kick…

Human Journey

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If you’re in the DC area, stop by National Geographic headquarters this weekend for a cultural treat: The All Roads Film Festival (Sept. 27-30), featuring compelling stories from indigenous and minority cultures around the world. Here’s a preview compiled by NGM staffers. Busong (Palawan Fate) Screening: Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m. The Road Leads to:…

Human Journey

Disney’s John Carter is a wild interplanetary tale about a Civil War veteran who ends up on Mars, where he’s held captive by the Tharks, a tribe of tall green creatures. After rescuing a Martian princess, Carter finds himself falling for her and so he joins her city, Helium, in a war against another Martian…

Human Journey