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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Latin American Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Latin American countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Programs available on 23 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 23-Disc Set. Click for more

French Guiana: Rockets in the Jungle

French Guiana: Rockets in the Jungle

"Recommended. This documentary not only presents a history of French Guiana, but also opens our eyes to the many space-age launchings of satellites that have occurred from this country for over 30 years." National Media Review
Ask most people and they wouldn't know that deep in the Amazon rainforest of French Guiana more than half the world's commercial satellites have been launched from there over the last 30 plus years. Sadly, in true colonial style, a swath of rainforest was cleared to house this European space adventure, which now has dragged a corner of the country from the third world to the cutting edge of the first. Despite this influx of modernism, there has been little development trickle-down. There are virtually no other industries in French Guiana, and big business is frustrating many of the locals. In fact, French Guiana's space station often lives in fear of saboteurs out for a slice of the wealth; so the French Foreign Legion has been charged with protecting the base. This program documents this previously untold story, looking back at the history of the country, including the former French prison colony called Devil's Island, while also offering eye-opening details regarding technical procedure of rocket launches, and how satellites open after they are in orbit. Produced by ICARO Productions. 05/09DE JSCA 30 min.

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