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RWANDA: THE ROYAL TOUR

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Recommended age 12-18
55 minutes
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This entertaining travelogue of the African country of Rwanda finds amiable host Peter Greenburg joined by the country's beloved President Paul Kagame as they hike a mountain forest to see gorillas in the wild, cross a wobbly canopy bridge two hundred feet above the forest floor and visit a tea estate. President Kagame, who brought the nation out of an infamous civil war to peace and relative prosperity, proves a charismatic guide and one gets a substantial, if general sense of the country's culture, landmarks and terrain. Missing is any exploration of Rwandan daily life but the emphasis here is squarely on the culture and very recent history. The 55-minute program, an episode of the PBS series Royal Tour, is distinguished by outstanding camera work, giving viewers a nice sense of being along for the tour. A short behind-the-scenes video gives a brief glimpse into the crew behind the cameras. Recommended for ages 8 to 18 and older. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Michael F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
In this one-hour documentary, viewers follow host Peter Greenberg as he explores the country known as the "land of a thousand hills." President Paul Kagame proves to be the ultimate guide as he shows Greenberg the visual gems his country has to offer. Together, Greenberg and Mr. Kagame go gorilla trekking through Volcanoes National Park, jet-skiing in Lake Kivu, and exploring Nyungwe Forest National Park on an elevated canopy walkway. Finally, they observe a variety of wildlife during a safari through Akagera National Park.
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