RUSSIA FROM ABOVE


THE LARGEST COUNTRY ON EARTH
FILMED FROM THE AIR

Russia is by far the largest country on earth. Twice as big as the huge US, almost 50 times bigger than small Germany. From Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea to Bering Strait within sight of Alaska there are 11 time zones and 7,000 kilometres beeline – but only if you take the shortcut over the North Pole.

The team of the multiple award-winning Germany From Above series and the awardwinning ARTE series Migrating Birds has ventured a long-lasting flight over the huge empire between Europe and Asia in nine months.

Russia From Above is an unique adventure to experience the endless distances from a bird's eye view - and to discover little secrets. Spectacular aerials have been taken, of wild, deserted landscapes, magical cities, wild animals, deserts, taiga forests - and hard work in the cold of Siberia. Filmed from helicopters and with the best aerial cameras in the world.

For the first time Russia From Above shows the metropolises of Moscow and Saint Petersburg from the air, surprises with breath-taking views of the Caucasus and the Altay Mountains, flies over the 200 kilometre-wide Volga delta and the icebreakers in the Arctic Yamal, observes the brown bears catching salmon in Kamchatka’s volcanic region and accompanies the polar bear mothers on the remote polar island Wrangel on the first walks with their offspring. Norilsk, the hardest industrial city in the world, is being discovered as well as the endless Lake Baikal, the whales of Sakhalin and the steppes of Kalmykia with their antelope herds and pelican colonies.

A breath-taking flight over an incredible country.

The team of the multiple award-winning Germany From Above series and the awardwinning ARTE series Migrating Birds has ventured a long-lasting flight over the huge empire between Europe and Asia in nine months.

Russia From Above is an unique adventure to experience the endless distances from a bird's eye view - and to discover little secrets. Spectacular aerials have been taken, of wild, deserted landscapes, magical cities, wild animals, deserts, taiga forests - and hard work in the cold of Siberia. Filmed from helicopters and with the best aerial cameras in the world.

For the first time Russia From Above shows the metropolises of Moscow and Saint Petersburg from the air, surprises with breath-taking views of the Caucasus and the Altay Mountains, flies over the 200 kilometre-wide Volga delta and the icebreakers in the Arctic Yamal, observes the brown bears catching salmon in Kamchatka’s volcanic region and accompanies the polar bear mothers on the remote polar island Wrangel on the first walks with their offspring. Norilsk, the hardest industrial city in the world, is being discovered as well as the endless Lake Baikal, the whales of Sakhalin and the steppes of Kalmykia with their antelope herds and pelican colonies.

A breath-taking flight over an incredible country.

Facts

First airing 5th July 2018, 8.15 pm, on ARTE

Re-run on ARTE on 8th July 2018, at 3.10 pm

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Credits

Written and directed by: Petra Höfer and Freddie Röckenhaus

Senior Producer: Francesca D’Amicis and Susanne Rostosky

Line Producer: Svenja Mandel

Video Editing: Johannes Fritsche

Aerial Camera: Peter Thompson, Andrew Efimov, Anton Elchaninov, Ivan Golubkov and Igor Volkov

Production Deputy: Désirée Dolata

Producer: Friederike Schmidt-Vogt

Researcher: Marika Raffa

VFX Artist: Sebastian Salanta

Computer Animations: David Corfield, Liz Elkington, 422 South

German Narration: Benjamin Völz

English Narration: Timothy Birkett

Commissioning Editors: Marita Hübinger (ARTE), Peter Arens, Friederike Haedecke and Katharina Kohl (ZDF)

A colourFIELD production in Co-Production with Gazprom Media / NTW and Gazprom Export, ARTE and ZDF

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