Modern Marvels

Season 7 Episode 24

Aswan Dam

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 11, 2000 on The History Channel
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Aswan Dam
In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Arab Republic of Egypt's first prime minister, had a plan to bring his poor country into the 20th century. To pull it off, he needed to harness the flow of the world's longest river--the Nile. The ambitious plan called for construction of a high dam in southern Egypt at Aswan. But the builders of the pyramids and the Suez Canal were no strangers to large undertakings. We'll see how the Aswan High Dam socially, politically, culturally, and agriculturally affected Egypt.moreless

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      • Narrator: It stands in southern Egypt, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. The largest rock filled dam in the world, 2 1/2 miles long, it harnesses the flow of the fabled River Nile. Now: The Aswan Dam, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Robert O. Collins
        Prof. U.C. Santa Barbara

        Charles D. Smith
        Professor, University of Arizona

        Nezar Al-Sayyad
        Chairman, Middle Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley

        Gamal Abdel Nasser (archival footage)

        Dwight D. Eisenhower (archival footage)

        Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot (f)
        Prof. U.C. Los Angeles

        Elizabeth Bishop
        Asst. Prof., American Univ. of Cairo

        Houssin Mokhtar
        Information Center Dir., Abu Simbel, Egypt

        Dr. Hassan Osman
        Secretary, Aswan High Damn

        Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Sabbah
        Director of Desert Development, Cairo

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Chris Mortensen
        Producer: Chris Mortensen
        Associate Producer: Eric H. Lindstrom
        Associate Producer: Christof Ritter
        Editor: Avi Fisher
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Charlotte Carpenter
        Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Anthony Lacques
        Researcher: Gloria Morris
        Historical Consultant: Prof. Gregory Baecher
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Christina Amblar
        Camera: Mark Broadwater
        Camera: Shaun Donahue
        Camera: Dylan O'Brien
        Field Audio: Mahmoud Batout
        Field Audio: Hope Harrison
        Field Audio: Michael Kimball
        Field Audio: Mohamed Ahmed Said
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Assistant Editor: Harris Cohen
        Post Production Assistant: Brian Volk
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Matt Gruber
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Gwendolyn Murphy
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        American University in Cairo
        Egyptian Consulate, San Francisco, CA
        Egyptian Press Offices
        Youssef Al Alfy/ South Productions

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

      • This episode originally aired in "Hot Dam Week" on the History Channel.

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