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Master Of The Killer Ants
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Although known for their ruthless aggression, army ants also have a beneficial side. This is traditionally exploited by the Mofu people of northern Cameroon, who call the local species of red army ants jaglavak. One special quality of jaglavak above all concerns the village elder Matsgrawaï. When the film opens, he is called to inspect a neighbor's house. Termites have infested the earthen floor and are attacking the walls and roof. Worst of all, they threaten the adjacent granary with its crucial stock of grain sorghum.

From past experience, Matsgrawaï knows that jaglavak can drive the termites away, thereby securing the grain sorghum stores on which the villagers' lives depend. Under special circumstances, army ants will attack termite colonies

Filmed in High Definition with advanced macro-shooting techniques, "Master of the Killer Ants" garnered best film awards at the Shanghai Film Festival and Japan's Wildlife Film Festival.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Master Of The Killer Ants,” 10/16/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 16, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_96FC4DB104AE468793E465ABB83AE1AC.
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