Prehistoric Astronomers (2009)
by Stephane Begoin & Vincent Tardieu
For the last 20 years, Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez, an independent astronomer and ethnologist, has lead a rigorous investigation to prove a theory about the origins of astronomy. It is commonly known that 35,000 years ago, Man was brutish and primitive and his main activities were copulation, hunting and gathering. But what if this Prehistoric Man were clever enough to develop in depth scientific knowledge? In this film, she shares her stunning conclusions: Prehistoric men chose their caves according to the orientation of the sun, created measuring tools such as a lunar calendar, and their wall paintings were the first maps of the sky and stars.
35,000 Years ago in Europe, tribes of hunter gatherers invented a fascinating artform. An art populated with animals, emerging from the depth of the earth. Some 18,000 years later in the heart of Périgueux region in france they created their most fabulous masterpiece: Lascaux. Prehistorians have offered all sorts of explanations for the paintings. But an independent French researcher has come with an exciting new hypothesis. She thinks the Lascaux cave paintings represent a map of the sky: The sky as seen by the world's first prehistoric astronomers, 17,000 years ago.
PRODUCTION: BONNE PIOCHE
avec la participation d'Arte / RTBF / Planète
Directors: Stéphane Bégoin & Vincent Tardieu
TOULON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (France)
8TH BIDASSOA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL (Spain)
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ON TRIBAL ART & CULTURE (India)
ATHENS SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Greece)
AMIENS ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL (France)
RASSEGNA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL (Italy)
PARISCIENCE FESTIVAL (France)
HD FILM FESTIVAL (France)
BANGKOK SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Thailand)