‘Life From Above’ offers fresh perspective of our planet

Behold Earth as it’s never been seen before. In “Life From Above,” cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, revealing incredible movements, colors, patterns — and just how fast it’s changing.

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 8:30 p.m., see new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet. Cameras in space capture an elephant family’s struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity.

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A co-production between the BBC and PBS, Life From Above is an ambitious new documentary that provides fascinating and fresh insights into our planet by expanding the range of perspectives from which to look. In addition to stunning satellite photography from space, drones were employed to generate footage, while helicopters and cameras on the ground provide more conventional vantage points. Using innovative techniques to illustrate the complex interconnectivity of our planet, “Life From Above” is going for the big picture.

What is revealed from above is a cadence — the rhythm by which the earth moves, colors and visual patterns — and the planet’s constant evolution. These qualities, which reach across topographical divides as well as human-made borders, cultures and politics, are only apparent when the planet is considered as a whole.

The series is not only a meditation on aerial textures, though. Footage shot from the ground will showcase more individual, microcosmic narratives. The goal — and the challenge — is to weave in and out of these details and do justice to Earth’s amazing intricacies. This is our home, as we’ve never seen it before.

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