|Production country:||Deutschland 2010|
|Running time:||Approx. 102 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
And another nature documentary is coming to our cinemas: only a few weeks after the impressive "Russia - In the realm of tigers, bears and volcanoes" we are now heading to the "Serengeti". Here the spectator witnesses a particularly fascinating spectacle that is repeated year after year. Due to the changing rainy and dry seasons, large herds of antelopes, buffalos, gazelles, wildebeest and zebras migrate across the savannah in search of water and food. The journey is full of hardships and many animals lose their lives. Whether by natural enemies such as lions or crocodiles, or by the inexorable nature, the number of migratory herd animals constantly decreases - only to rise again in the end by the natural cycle of life.
Naturally, the classic nature film "Serengeti must not die" by Bernhard Grizmek immediately comes to mind in the title "Serengeti". The documentation of Reinhard Radke, who holds a doctorate in zoology and is a passionate filmmaker of animals, does not, however, leave a similar impression. On the one hand, this may be due to the oversupply of similar documentary films that have been shown in cinemas in recent years. As sad and perhaps cynical as that may sound now, gnus or gazelles do not have the canvas appeal of baby polar bears or penguins. Therefore the beautiful pictures are not really enough to lift the film out of the mass of animal documentaries.
On the other hand this may be due to the rather dry staging. The film, also supported by the accompanying text spoken by Hardy Krüger jr., seems very factual and rather scientific, which doesn't lower the meaning, but nevertheless the entertainment value of the documentary. That doesn't mean, however, that the pictures that Radke and his team captured in two years of work aren't absolutely impressive and partly beautiful. Or that the film wouldn't even prove that there are so many reasons to save this planet and its inhabitants with all the means at our disposal. But the documentary as a film lacks the special something that would encourage families in particular to go to the cinema.
The dilemma here is that the images themselves can only really unfold their power on the big screen. However, the film itself would be in better hands on television and could certainly find a wider audience there. Passionate lovers of animal and nature documentaries will certainly find their way to the cinemas, because even if this work may have its weak points from a dramaturgical point of view, pictures and messages are reason enough to recommend "Serengeti" at least to its target audience.
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp