The Return of the Pharaoh
a film by Bertram Verhaag
The largest temple ever built in ancient Egypt was the “House of Millions of Years” of Pharaoh Amenophis III. For centuries, the only traces of this mighty construction were the Colossi of Memnon on the western bank of the Nile near Luxor. Then Dr. Hourig Sourouzian arrived and literally pulled the temple back out of the ground.
This charismatic woman – a qualified Egyptologist with a gift for restoring statues – achieved the near-impossible. Together with her team, she dragged blocks weighing several tonnes out of the ground and restored towering colossi. She inspired a whole village in Egypt, along with specialists from all over the world, with her ability and unrelenting desire to “move mountains”.
The Return of the Pharaoh accompanies the archaeologists while they work and, using archive material, brings to life past triumphs. A gripping documentary about the everyday work of archaeologists at a truly extraordinary excavation.
Buch & Regie
B. Verhaag & U. Lewenton •
Waldemar Hauschild •
• Ton Marcus von Kleist • Co-Produzentin Ursula Lewenton • Produktion Carolin Klapproth, ZDF
• Redaktion Heike Schmidt, ZDF
© 2011 ZDF