03-26-2008 17:26

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Nourished by the Same River is a major documentary series produced by China Central Television in cooperation with the national television stations of the countries in the Lancang-Mekong River Region, namely; Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This 20-part series took three years to complete.

The underlying theme of Nourished by the Same River is “peace, friendship, cooperation and development”. In pursuit of this, it investigates the lives of the people of the six countries, exploring their living environment, natural surroundings, economy, culture, religion and society. The documentary focuses on the lives of some 40 diverse people, ranging from a 78-year-old elephant trainer in Thailand, to a female mine clearance expert in Vietnam; from villagers living in the primitive rainforests of Laos, fishermen on Lake Tonle Sap in Cambodia and in China’s Guangxi Province, and a child who miraculously survived the tsunami in Thailand, to the workers of the famous ruby mines of Myanmar and a traditional artisan in China’s Yunnan province. The series also features the spectacular ancient civilizations, rich natural resources and unique cultures of the Lancang-Mekong River Region, as well as the achievements in economic and cultural cooperation made by the countries there.

Nourished by the Same River comprises 20 parts, each focusing on a unique topic. The series was shot in over 200 locations, from the ruby mines, Shwedagon Pagoda, Mandalay and Bagan in Myanmar, to the renowned Angkor Wat and Lake Tonle Sap in Cambodia; from the tropical rainforests and the Khon Phapheng Falls in Laos, to Kao Yai National Park and Elephant Village in Thailand; from Cuu Long River Plain and the ancient city of Hue in Vietnam, to great sites of cultural and aesthetic interest in Yunnan and Guangxi in China’s southwest.

This major documentary series is a vehicle for promoting the Lancang-Mekong River Region to the rest of the world. It serves to enhance mutual understanding among people living in the region, and demonstrates the friendship among the six countries. It also stands as a symbol of the success of their exchange in the fields of television and the arts.


Editor:Liu Fang