Journeys to the Ends of the Earth

with David Adams

Travel with Australian photojournalist David Adams as he Journeys to the Ends of The Earth in search of indigenous peoples and their disappearing cultures. Throughout his many journeys, we’ll visit places few people have seen with their own eyes.

From the dry mountain ranges of Afghanistan, Adams gets to visit the Bamiyan Buddhas before the Taliban destroyed the monuments, followed by a trip to Iran in search of the Zoroastrian holy flame.

The journey continues on the Road to Shangri-la in northern Pakistan, followed by an episode on The Lost World of Khmer Rouge and a pilgrimage in Ethiopia to find the Ark of the Covenant.

Finally, in the last episode, Adams journeys to the Peruvian highlands and discovers the uncharted remains of an Inca ruin.

The full 12 documentary episode series on Journeys to the Ends of the Earth is also available free online through David Adams Films on Vimeo.

Episode 1: Afghanistan – The Lost Buddhas

Episode 1: The Lost Buddhas of Afghanistan

Episode 1 tracks Adam as he hitches a ride with the Taliban to criss-cross Afghanistan: a country where few westerners dare to go. David finally reaches the Bamiyan Buddhas in the end.

The Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed later in March 2001 by the Taliban.

Episode 2: Iran – People of the Flame

Episode 2: People of the Flame

Episode 2 follows Adams as he ventures into the Iranian wilderness in search of Zoroastrians, an ancient people who have tended a holy flame for the last 1500 years.

Episode 3: Pakistan – The Road to Shangri-La

Episode 3: The Road to Shangri-La

Journey with Adams, as he crosses the high mountains of Northern Pakistan in search of Shangri-La – immortalised by James Hilton in his classic novel ‘Lost Horizon’.

Episode 4: Cambodia – The Lost World of the Khmer Rouge

Episode 4: The Lost World of the Khmer Rouge

Year Zero. The Killing Fields. Preserved by war in the isolated and forbidding final refuge of the Khmer Rouge are tantalising hints of the ‘Asian Unicorn, the khting vor. David Adams journeys through the dark of Cambodia in search of this semi-mythical beast.

Episode 5: Ethiopia – Keepers of the Lost Ark

Episode 5: Keepers of the Lost Ark

Episode 5 takes us with Adams as he makes the pilgrimage from Lalibela to Gondar in the northern wilds of Ethiopia, and paddles by papyrus kayak across lake Tana.

His quest: to find the Ark of the Covenant.

Episode 6: Peru – The Lost City of Gold

Episode 6: The Lost City of Gold

Adams climbs the lonely Peruvian highlands to seek an Inca artefact that has never been found: the Golden Disk of the Sun. He finds the uncharted remains of an Inca ruin.

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Journeys to the Ends of the Earth
  • Info
  • Release date1998-2001
  • Full runtime6x50 min
  • Presented, Narrated and produced byDavid Adams
  • Production CompanyBecker Entertainment
  • Produced forTravel Channel