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LASCAUX, PREHISTORIC ASTRONOMERS

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Year of production : 2007

Directed by : Stéphane Bégoin et Vincent Tardieu

Written by : Pedro Lima et Vincent Tardieu

Broadcasting : Arte - RTBF

Distribution : ZED

Production : Bonne Pioche

Length 1 : 52 min

Synopsis

SIt is commonly known that 35,000 years ago, Man was brutish and primitive and his main activities were copulation, hunting and gathering. But what if this Prehistoric Man were clever enough to develop in depth scientific knowledge? As unlikely as it may seem, new data tend to prove that these men actually invented Astronomy! For the last 20 years, Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez, an independent astronomer and ethnologist, has lead a rigorous investigation to prove this theory. According to her studies, hunter gatherers spent long nights observing the sky, calculating, and recording their discoveries either on the walls of caves or on animal bones. Thanks to their analyses they could measure time and adapt to weather change. In this film, she shares her stunning conclusions: Prehistoric men chose their caves according to the orientation of the sun, created measuring tools such as a lunar calendar, and their wall paintings were the first maps of the sky and stars. Today, these fascinating discoveries are gradually gaining respect in the international science community.

 

Awards

FESTIVAL DU FILM D’EXPLORATION 2008 DE TOULON (France)
Toulon City Prize

FESTIVAL DU FILM ARCHÉOLOGIQUE 2008 DE LA BIDASSOA (Spain)
Audience Prize

FESTIVAL 7ÈME ART ET SCIENCES 2009 DE NOIRMOUTIER (France)
Special mention « Coup de Coeur »

FESTIVAL À NOUS DE VOIR - SCIENCE ET CINÉMA 2008 D’OULLINS (France)
Sélection off

FESTIVAL DU FILM SCIENTIFIQUE 2008 DE BANGKOK (Thailand)
Official selection

FESTIVAL DU FILM ARCHÉOLOGIQUE 2008 DE RASSEGNA (Italia)
Official selection

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 D’ATHÈNES (Greece)
Sélection off

FESTIVAL DU FILM ARCHÉOLOGIQUE 2008 D’AMIENS (France)
Official selection

FESTIVAL PARISCIENCE 2007 (France)
Official selection

FESTIVAL DU FILM HD 2007 DE PARIS (France)
Official selection