The Art of Walking

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Released 2010

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Australia’s most spectacular coastline is the setting for this very special documentary. A journey that conjures the beauty held deep within three remarkable people. Follow in the footsteps of three remarkable people - American environmentalist and "Planetwalker" John Francis; former German figure skater Katarina Witt; and Australian Paralympian skier Michael Milton - each with equally inspiring stories, as they begin their trek along Australia’s most spectacular coastline, the Great Ocean Walk.The Great Ocean Walk is one of the most beautiful walks in the world. It runs 104 kilometers from Apollo Bay to a landmark known as the “12 Apostles”, highlighting the diverse and rugged landscapes of southern Victoria. John Francis became known as “the Planetwalker” after seeing the environmental destruction caused by two tankers that collided beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in 1971. It had such an immense effect, that he decided to give up using all forms of motorized vehicles. In 1982, when he began a walking and sailing pilgrimage around the world, he founded Planetwalk, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to raising environmental consciousness and promoting earth stewardship. For almost three decades now, he has travelled the world on foot, rediscovering the rhythms in nature and spreading a message of environmental respect and responsibility. On the journey, we discover John’s philosophy on life - that to experience the spirit of the place, you need to take the time to experience and listen to what’s around you. Katarina Witt is best known as the free-spirited figure skater that won two gold medals for Germany in the 1980?s. Her competitive record makes her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time. But nowadays she walks a different path through life. Apart from her role as a TV host, Katarina has set up a foundation to help children with disabilities. As she continues the journey, Katarinmoreless
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