Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Reach Across the Globe with the Launch of Worlds Together Bringing Remote Areas of the World to Children and Families on DVD September 4, 2012 from Master Communications (Review)

Initial Titles in the Launch Feature Africa:


 “East Africa”

“West Africa”

Bringing remote areas of the world right into your living is the new DVD series Worlds Together from Master Communications.  Initial titles in the launch transport young viewers and their families to the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent through three charming titles – East Africa, West Africa and Ethiopia, available on DVD September 4, 2012 for a suggested retail price of $29.95 each.

The Worlds Together series, originating out of the travels of photographer/songwriter Elmer Hawkes, visits some of the most remote places on Earth, examining topics ranging from history and culture to sports and cuisine and giving viewers an up close and personal introduction to cultures quite different from their own.  Learn about the various climates, languages, religions, wildlife, architecture, agriculture, ethnicities and more. 

East Africa features Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi (“the place of cold water”); Mombasa; Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam, an Islamic city with a busy seaport known as “Haven of Peace;” Zanzibar, a city where boats and global trade play an important role; and Uganda’s Kampala, a very modern city and home to one of Africa’s largest universities. Also visited is Uganda’s Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

Next, in West Africa, visit Mali, a land of fishing and farming, and its cities of Timbuktu and Bamako; Nigeria, a federal constitutional republic that boasts over 250 different ethnic groups alone; and Senegal, considered a gateway to the African continent and one of West Africa’s most popular destinations.  See the Cape Verde Islands, which served as a base for the Portuguese as they rounded Africa over five hundred years ago, and be introduced to life along the Niger River, the 10th largest river in the world, as it flows 2,600 miles to the sea.  Take in this amazing region of lively music, culture, business and rapidly changing lifestyles.

Then, in Ethiopia, travel to this country – twice the size of Texas – that is believed to have the longest archaeological record on Earth and to have been present at the dawn of creation.  It’s also been linked to the mysterious Queen of Sheba.  With many areas lush and green, the region has also suffered many droughts, but the economy is still dominated by agriculture.  Featured cities include Harar, Addis Ababa, Gonder and Lalibela, the last featuring 800-year-old Christian churches, some carved into volcanic rock.

Future countries to be explored in Worlds Together series include Cuba, Tibet, Ecuador and Colombia. Approximately 25 minutes each, all the titles in World Together DVD series will include a teacher’s guide (also available via download).  To order call 1-800-765-5885 or visit
Worlds Together
    East Africa       ISBN: 978-1-60480-107-1
    West Africa      ISBN: 978-1-60480-105-7
    Ethiopia            ISBN: 978-1-60480-106-4

Category:                      Children and Family, All Ages
    Approximately 25 minutes each
Format:                        DVD/Live Action/Closed captioned
Release Date:               September 4, 2012
SRP:                           $29.95 each, includes PPR


My Thoughts:

I received an advanced copy of Worlds Together: Ethiopia yesterday and ended up watching it with my husband.  We love learning about other countries, and seeing how others live.  I have to say this is one of the best educational films about other countries that I have seen.  It was made to appeal to both young and older audiences.  Even though my daughters are too young to watch and enjoy this DVD, I know they will when they get a little older.  My husband is excited to see future releases which will include Ecuador and Colombia, as he has many friends from these countries.  Being from El Salvador, he appreciated how Ethiopia was portrayed, showing everyday life and not candy coating disaster areas and how countries like this struggle.  This is one of the main reasons his family came to America -- to make a better life for themselves.  Even though he has been here for over 10 years, he still continues El Salvador home.  Watching this film reminded him of how different the US is from other countries like Ethiopia.  We were both intrigued by how their economy is still dominated by agriculture, even after droughts that savaged their lush lands.

Overall, I am so excited to have learned about this new series, Worlds Together, and will definitely be picking up the two other titles, East Africa and West Africa, when they release in September.  These titles would be great to homeschooling families, as well as families who enjoy learning about other countries.  What a great way to travel to another country -- all from the comfort of your couch. :-)

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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