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Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story Of The Mayflower DVD

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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 143 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Director: Lisa Quijano Wolfinger
  • Cast: Edward Herrmann
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Color: Color
  • Release Date: 2006
From their self-imposed exile in Holland and perilous Atlantic crossing in the Mayflower to unimaginable hardships encountered in their new land, this is the definitive story of the Pilgrims and how they came to live - and ultimately prosper - in the harsh climate of an unfamiliar world. In the autumn of 1620, over one hundred English Separatists and a crew of sailors huddled together in the small hold of the Mayflower as it battled through fierce storms and struggled across the unforgiving seas of the North Atlantic. Upon finally reaching land, every day was fraught with dangerous weather, disease, malnourishment, and finally the difficulty of trying to reach an understanding with the Native Americans. Filmed on location in Europe and Plimoth Plantation and featuring dialogue taken from original source material, Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story Of The Mayflower catapults viewers back to the 1600s. Actors from The Royal Shakespeare Company join members of the Massachusetts Wampanoag tribe in creating dramatic period re-enactments that bring to life the Pilgrim's harrowing journey and first year of survival.

The three parts of this unprecedented documentary - an ambitious 3-hour combination of scholastic and dramatic achievement - present the definitive history of the Pilgrims and their journey to and colonization of the New World.

This definitive look at the Pilgrims' progress - a marriage of feature-film quality historical reenactments with the latest scholarship and analysis of original source material - will open your eyes to the reality of their experience. The true tale of the Pilgrims bears little resemblance to the popular myth of elementary school pageants.

From Scrooby to Leiden to Plymouth, follow the incredible pilgrimage that landed these unlikely pioneers on the alien shores of a new continent. Endure alongside the settlers as their numbers are decimated during the perilous ocean crossing and as still more perish in their unforgiving new home. Gratefully meet Squanto and Samoset, sit at the table during the historic first Thanksgiving and learn how the colony's saga continues in the decades after.

Throughout this riveting documentary experience, you will be amazed at the difference between historical fact and what you thought you knew, and you will be surprised how much more there is to the UNTOLD STORY OF THE MAYFLOWER.

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