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Behind the Scenes: Black Kingdoms of the Nile


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10/25/99, 9:00 p.m. ET Gates embarks on an epic journey of discovery through Egypt and Sudan. By train, boat, twin-prop plane and jeep, he travels from the tourist trails of Egypt to the most distant outposts in the Sudanese desert, where few foreign visitors ever set foot. His journey begins at the pyramids of Giza; then he heads south to Aswan, where many contemporary Nubians have moved since the Aswan dam flooded their homeland, and to the stunning temple of Abu Simbel. From Khartoum, he travels north to the spectacular ruins of Meroe and Musawwarat. A journey across the desert brings him to Jebel Barkal, once the capital of Nubian kings who conquered the whole of Egypt. His final destination is Kerma, a site dominated by the 4,000-year-old remains of the vast temple of Nubia's earliest capital city. Archaeologist Charles Bonnet, who has been excavating Kerma for more than 30 years, believes its origins date back 5,000 years.

Film Credits

Written & Presented by
PROFESSOR HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.

Camera
RICHARD RANKEN
GRAHAM SMITH

Camera Assistant
IAN MOSS
SUE CANE

Sound Recordist
MIKE RILEY
STUART BRUCE

Dubbing Mixer
BOB JACKSON

On line Editor
STEVE DIX

Colourist
GRAHAM HOLTOM

Film Editor
RENEE EDWARDS
IMOGEN POLLARD

Title Music
SPIRO, WIX, LEGWABE

Music
ISHMAEL PAMPHILLÉ
AYUB OGADA

Map Illustration
PETER VISSCHER

Graphic Design
BURRELL DURRANT HIFLE

Series Consultant
DAVID M. ANDERSON

Location Managers
MARY HABIB & ROMANY HELMI
AHMED OSMAN

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