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Amate: The Great Fig Tree  (1980)

Home of the great fig tree

Journeying deep into the tropical forests of Belize, this Partridge Films production delivers a technically stunning account of life both in and around the giant fig tree, known to the local Native Indians as Amate. Towering over the landscape, these massive structures sustain myriad creatures - providing food, shelter and, for some, a whole ecosystem.

Howler monkeys roar to rival troops across the river, as iguanas desperately scramble away from predators and boa constrictors silently stalk their prey in the moonlight. Memorable footage also delves into the minute world of the fig wasp, the tiny insect upon which this colossal tree is utterly dependent. Outstanding macro-photography reveals the instinctive behaviour of these minute wasps laying eggs within the fig fruit and explores the extraordinary intimate relationship between tree and wasp - a pinnacle of co-evolution.

Widely acclaimed, Amate: The Great Fig Tree is a thoroughly absorbing portrayal of a complex ecosystem, its incredible technical photography bringing to life an extraordinarily beautiful and vivid world.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: ITN Source
Address: 200 Gray's Inn Road
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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 430 4480

Film credits

Editor: Chris Lakeman Fraser
Music: Brian Gascoigne
Narrator: Ian Holm
Photography: Richard Foster
Photography: Derek Bromhall
Producer: Michael Rosenberg
Production Assistant: Lisa Spencer
Production Assistant: Clive Bromhall
Production Assistant: Dave Dickie
Production Organisation: Partridge Films Limited
Script: Derek Bromhall
Sound: Bill Redway
Sound: Joy Chamberlain
Sound: Anthony Anscombe
Sound: Aad Wirtz
The secret blooms of the fig
The secret blooms of the fig
Fearsome vegetarians dive to safety
Fearsome vegetarians dive to safety
Home of the great fig tree
Home of the great fig tree