Joseph Cambell transformed forever the way we view mythology, as he wove traditional wisdom together with the modern struggle for identity and spiritual depth. This adaptation of his all-time bestseller gives new life to his brilliant poetic vision.The Adventure of the Hero, part one, describes the universal image of the hero and shows that folklore and myth can serve as potent spiritual and psychological metaphors for modern man. This part of the program follows the mythological path from immaturity to freedom – the heroic inner struggle that leads from birth to spiritual rebirth – to help us understand ourselves and the essence of what it means to be human beings.
In the jungles of Sulawesi, Indonesia, lives the crested black macaque, a monkey that values friendship over force. The secret to their peaceful lives is an extensive range of facial expressions that they use not only to win friends and find mates, but also to avoid trouble. The situation looks volatile as one troop of macaques meets another, but the rival troop is turned away with nothing more than a stinging glare. Crested black macaques look after one another, and even share childcare duties, and when problems arrive they work together to succeed. This program reveals the amazing lifestyles of these expressive macaques.