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Welcome To Earth * Exciting Six-Part Documentary Exploring Far Reaches Of The Globe

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Welcome To Earth * Exciting Six-Part Documentary Exploring Far Reaches Of The Globe

It might seem humans have mapped every inch of our planet’s surface, but look closer and you’ll discover that there is still so much more to uncover — the age of exploration is far from over! Welcome to Earth, a Disney+ original series from National Geographic, follows two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets. Throughout the six-part limited series produced by visionary Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Protozoa Pictures, Jane Root’s Nutopia and Westbrook Studios, Will is guided by elite explorers on an awe-inspiring journey, getting up close and personal with some of the most thrilling spectacles on the planet — from volcanoes that roar in silence to deserts that move beyond our perception to animal swarms with minds of their own. Combining breathtaking cinematography with Will’s boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, the blockbuster series is an exciting, multisensory ride through Earth’s most mind-bending portals.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Carlee S. comments, “I loved Welcome To Earth, a six-part documentary featuring Will Smith traveling to the far reaches of the globe in search of Earth’s hidden secrets. It is exciting to watch Will find himself in places few have gone before, which forces him to conquer his fears as he embarks on life changing expeditions that alter his perception, and the viewer’s, of the world we live in.” See her full review below.

Welcome To Earth
By Carlee S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16

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I loved Welcome To Earth, a six-part documentary featuring Will Smith traveling to the far reaches of the globe in search of Earth’s hidden secrets. It is exciting to watch Will find himself in places few have gone before, which forces him to conquer his fears as he embarks on life changing expeditions that alter his perception, and the viewer’s, of the world we live in.

Audiences will follow Will from the Nambia Desert to Norway, from Brazil into the depths of the ocean and to top of a volcano, as well as to other fascinating places. He witnesses the secrets of nature in hidden places that most people don’t often see or notice. Viewers will be both educated and enchanted by the wonders they encounter in each episode, especially since the different camera angles and tricks that capture the speed of movement give viewers images of these incredible sights.

My favorite scene is in the episode called “Descent Into Darkness” when Will Smith and Melissa Marquez (a marine biologist) travel by submarine 3000 feet below sea level to a mind-blowing place that looks like another world. They explore and learn about a variety of sea creatures that live in the Twilight and Midnight zones below the ocean. It’s fascinating to learn how the animals communicate using bioluminescence, the emission of light. And since a very small percentage of the ocean has been explored, Will’s below-the-sea trip is particularly meaningful and also quite terrifying. I also appreciate how each experience has expert guides. Many of them have faced challenges of their own which makes it even more interesting. It’s eye opening to hear from multiple people on what they’re passionate about and learn about their past. Ultimately, Will Smith is an incredible host who combines humor with education and is very enjoyable to watch.

The message in this series is that you need to face your fears in order to defeat them. You can’t let your fears stop you from pursuing your goals. Will gives the advice to “work with your fear not against it.” He is constantly pushing himself and testing his limits, too. There is some mild cursing that parents should be aware of.

I give Welcome To Earth 5 out of 5 stars. This documentary held my attention and got me excited to learn more about Earth. I recommend this to ages 11 to 17, as well as to adults. It releases on Disney+ December 8, 2021.

National Geographic Documentary on the Future of Coal in America By Jill Buck

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National Geographic Documentary on the Future of Coal in America By Jill Buck

This week Go Green Radio explores the health, economic and environmental impact of the coal industry. Our guest is Michael Bonfilglio, Emmy-nominated producer and director, who directed the new National Geographic Channel documentary, “From the Ashes.”

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

View the trailer: https://www.fromtheashesfilm.com/#view-trailer

About Michael Bonfiglio:
Bonfiglio is an Emmy-nominated director, producer, and writer. He is the director and co-producer of the Emmy-nominated series Oprah’s Master Class, in production on its 6th season. Additional credits include 9 Days And Nights Of Ed Sheeran, an intimate portrait of the British singer-songwriter; the 5 part series Visionaries: Inside The Creative Mind, and the Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts. Producing and other credits include the Oscar-nominated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, Crude, Gray Matter, and the Emmy-winning 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America. He has directed commercials and PSA’s for Vogue, Nike, American Express, Ford, Hallmark, and Esquire magazine. He has also worked with Jon Stewart, Ellen Degeneres, Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Lena Dunham, Tom Ford, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, James Cameron, and Oprah Winfrey. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone.

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Where Love is Illegal on Good Grief

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Health & Wellness
Where Love is Illegal on Good Grief

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Sometimes I spend time just looking for beautiful things to inspire me, keep me fresh and happy. But sometimes those adventures intersect with the world of grief. That is what happened one day when I received an email from National Geographic, which I signed up for for the beautiful photography I get in my box. But this time, the lead story was Where Love is Illegal. Some of the most beautiful photographs I have seen were telling the story of LGBTI persecution across the globe, and the incredible people trying to live open, loving lives in spite of nearly unimaginable odds against them. I could not be happier to welcome the photographer for the project, Robin Hammond, to Good Grief radio. We will talk about what led him to create the project, as part of his Witness Change non-profit. We’ll explore the stories of the beautiful people he’s met through the project and how they survive and thrive, often without any family or community support.

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