In Adventures with Purpose: Quest for the Cross Roads, Richard Bangs is on a journey through a junction where time and place and eternity somehow meet; a small, fierce, rugged place at the meridian of Europe… The Swiss regions of Basel and Lucerne.
Here is a landscape that could have been created only by earth forces at their most energetic, and we know that the entire welt of mountains that defines the Alps are byproducts of colliding tectonic plates.
LENGTH: 1 x 60 Minutes
FORMAT: Special (part of a series)
INTERNATIONAL TRACK: Yes
CLOSED CAPTIONS: No
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2011
RELEASE YEAR: 2012
SUPPLIER: Small World Productions
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide exclusive of USA
What tectonic shift crunched the landscape of history to create freedom, democracy and wealth at a time when other nations were soaked in bloody conflict? What set the landlocked nation of Switzerland soaring? What made this improbably severe land the Crossroads of Europe? Richard’s quest to understand begins on a modest bridge from the 1200’s across the Schollenen Gorge near the Gotthard Pass. Building the Devil’s Bridge was so difficult the Devil had to help. In return he demanded to own the first soul to cross it. The workers tricked the Devil and drove a goat over bridge first. That goat marked the beginning of a new era.
According to Richard, “Romans had long trudged across this cardinal pass, but the sonic architecture of the Devil’s Bridge truly opened the way for travelers, smugglers and traders from the Mediterranean to the North Sea. And trade meant taxes. Suddenly this highland matrix of autonomous sleepy villages saw the flowers of wealth spring in its stony places.”
History shows that what followed was the building of a bridge of faith, spanning to a place they could not see: democracy and nationhood. So this is the story of people both profiting from and defending their strategic location; a story of war and peace, and freedom cropping from the collision of the two. It’s the narrative of Switzerland in general, and Central Switzerland in particular. And Richard’s Quest for the Crossroads takes him to the Lucerne and Basel regions of Switzerland.
2012 Bronze Telly “Documentary”