Europe's Wild East - The Sumava National Park in the Czech Republic

At the start of the 20th century, the lynx was extinct almost everywhere across Central Europe. Today, it has returned into Sumava National Park in the Bohemian Forest. This landscape's magic lies in the seemingly endless spruce forests covering the wide mountain ranges like a green carpet. Among them lie romantic glacial lakes formed during the Ice Age and mystical moors on the high plateaus. Many rivers originate here, including the land's longest, the Vltava (Moldau).


Director: Marion Pöllmann

Marion Pöllmann was born on August 26th 1966. Since August 1994, she worked as a freelance journalist specialising in documentaries about animals, ecology and travel for private and public radio and TV stations. In 1995 Marion completed practical training at Bavarian Broadcasting BR and has since continuously worked as a freelancer for BR. Between 2001 and 2005 she produced more than eleven wildlife documentaries in South America and Eastern Europe.

Director: Iduna Wünschmann

From 1971-1976, Iduna Wünschmann studied Journalism in Leipzig and worked as a trainee at the GDR's state TV broadcaster DFF. She was on the science editorial staff from 1976-1990 at the same station and has been a freelance editor/ writer since 1991, mainly at ORB/ RBB, Brandenburg's public broadcasting station. She was involved in the making of "Europe's Wild East" and other series.

43 Min.
Director: Marion Pöllmann, Iduna Wünschmann
Script: Iduna Wünschmann
Cinematography: Rainer Bergomaz
Editing: Marco Dausel
Narrator: Hans-Peter Bögel
Editor: Monika Seiffert (MDR)
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