Nat Geo’s recent FYC Contenders Showcase was a visual and aural feast, as the network closed the event with live orchestral performances of scores from some of its top projects. One of them was for “The Flood,” a nature documentary narrated by Angela Bassett about wildlife in Africa’s Okavango Delta.
While the Oscar nominee was unable to attend the June 2 event, held at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater, due to filming conflicts, she introduced the performance with a video message. Filmed over two years, “The Flood” documents the “magic,” as Bassett calls it, of the Okavango Delta, which undergoes massive changes every year because of an annual flood that rejuvenates the land.
“I loved being a part of ‘The Flood’ and I’m thrilled that you’re getting the chance tonight to experience the magic of Africa’s Okavango Delta, a wild paradise that’s like no other place on Earth,” Bassett said (watch above). “[The film] captures one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles on the planet. ‘The Flood’ is a great example of how natural history filmmaking has evolved through the years, capturing diverse wildlife in places where viewers have never before been.”
The suspenseful, jaunty and uplifting score was performed over 20 minutes of the film, which includes some truly astonishing footage of Mother Nature and the circle of life. “Narrating this incredible documentary was a unique experience,” Bassett added. “I hope that you too are moved by its stunning visuals and accompanying music and that it inspires you to fall in love with the wild.”
A four-time Emmy nominee, Bassett is eligible in the narration category. She was last nominated for her guest appearance on “Master of None” in 2017.
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