Atlas Mountain Barbary Macaques The Paternal Bond NHK

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Years of Production
2014-2015

Credits
Produced by Ateles Films for NHK

Versions Available
Childcaring is the man’s job – 1 x 59mins (NHK Japan)
The Paternal Bond: Barbary Macaques – 1 x 52 min (NHK International)
Macaques de Barbarie, La force du lien – 1 x 60 min (France 5)

Broadcast Date
Japan: 02 March 2016 (NHK)
France: 16 November 2017 (France 5)

Film Festival Nominations & Awards
Official Selection: Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2017 (Estonia)
Official Selection: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2017 (USA)


Synopsis

The Sahara Desert covers a large part of North Africa. This scorching great desert is outlined by snow-capped mountains on the north. This mountain range is called Atlas Mountains which stretch for about 2000km east to west. The Mediterranean supplies moist-laden air to the north face of the mountains which brings rain and snow. The mid-slope of the mountains is covered by conifer forests. The forest is home to Barbary macaques, the only kin to Japanese macaques found in Africa. Barbary macaques are rare and endangered species, and their life style is also unique. Barbary macaques live in groups, but there are no distinctive hierarchy or ranking as found in Japanese macaques. They are not belligerent, and males seem to be much more interested in child rearing than battling. Males gain respect and trust from other members for his ability to nurture as many baby monkeys as possible. Baby monkeys are the keys to maintain strong bond among the group. In the breathtaking backdrop of Atlas Mountains, viewers will enjoy the amazing life of these rare macaques.

ワイルドライフ 「モロッコ アトラス山脈 雪山のサル オスは子守で勝負する」

アフリカ北部のサハラ砂漠。しゃく熱の大地のすぐ北には雪を頂く峰々が続く。アトラス山脈だ。東西2400㎞に及ぶ山脈には、地中海から湿った風が吹き付けて雪や雨がもたらされ、中腹には針葉樹の森が形作られている。ここに暮らすのがアフリカで唯一のニホンザルの仲間、バーバリーマカクだ。希少な上に暮らしぶりも極めて特徴的で、群れにはニホンザルのような明確な順位がなく、激しい争いもめったに起きない。奇妙なことにオスは戦いより子育ての腕を上げることに一生懸命だ。たくさんのメスから子どもを預かれるオスほど仲間からの信頼が厚くなり、敬われるのだという。背景には、砂漠に囲まれた山脈に生きるという厳しい現実がある。子どもを絆にして巧みに生きるバーバリーマカクの1年を、砂漠と雪山が強烈なコントラストを見せるアトラス山脈の大自然の中に見つめる。

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