Discovery Atlas

Season 1 Episode 2

Italy Revealed

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 2006 on Discovery Channel
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  • For the first time, I have visited these foreign countries, I have touched the hearts of far away families, I have lived their dream. This is touching the heart of life itself.moreless

    This program about Italy was the most beautiful show or movie I have ever watched. It has always been a dream of mine to see how people live in this world, but my world travels of any extent have been limited to spending one year in Java. This new Discovery series is like going to these countries myself, because I see what I go there to see, the hearts of individual people, how they live. And how people live is all about their dreams. Travelogues usually fail to have any unifying themes or story, being just pictures of things and places, soon boring, and newsy type programming fails to bring the viewer into the story, to engage his heart and interest, to see himself there in that life. Action movies like Rambo put the viewer in exciting but unreal drama of death and violence, not what most of us really want our lives to be. A hero, yes, we all want to be heroes. So the heroes of the Italian show are these common people with dreams, like becoming a gondoleir in Venice. Most of us can feel the pressure of not knowing where we will live or how we will support our families, uncertainties of life. But this man has a great dream. He succeeds. And, along the way, we glimpse the romantic images of living in Venice and can imagine what it would be like to live there.

    Stories of hope, determination, and dreams. Of tragedy even. The young man who didnt win at the races in Italy for 26 years. The 17 year old girl, the age of my daughter at home, being the first woman to win the race. The skier should have been the focal point of the movie, due to the breathtaking scenery, but the footage failed to capture the heart or this man's dreams. What was his dream, anyway? It wasn't there. To digress, in the Brazilian episode, the young black boy, “eagle,” brought tears to my eyes. Every episode should bring tears, of hope, joy, pathos. Plumb the emotions, everywhere people are all the same inside, really, the trick is to get inside of them. Thats reality TV. Its not about competition, its about heart and dreams. I'd like to see more of the homes of these heroes of real life, how crowded, how poor, poverty, how they eat (the Italian cookery part was great), how they sleep, their challenges. To make it more personal. To touch a person's dreams, is to touch the face of God I love this series. I am the dreamer, I am the dream. For the first time, I have visited these foreign countries, I have touched the hearts of far away families, I have lived their dream. I could have travelled there on a vacation junket and not managed to meet one heart, touch one heart, but by the magic of this wonderfully shot production, I have indeed been to Italy, Australia, Brazil. The three I have seen so far. And this kind of story has no limit, every person has a dream, every person has a story to tell, 6 billion stories waiting to be told. Not merely entertainment. This is, life itself.moreless

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