NATURE: My Life as a Turkey DVD

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Item #: WA8302
Based on a true story, this beautiful, charming, funny, sad, and thought-provoking film explores one of those rare moments when man and animal unwittingly become more closely linked than nature normally allows. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Joe Hutto, wildlife artist and naturalist, was presented with a rare opportunity. It had long been his hope to learn about the ... More
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Based on a true story, this beautiful, charming, funny, sad, and thought-provoking film explores one of those rare moments when man and animal unwittingly become more closely linked than nature normally allows.

Deep in the wilds of Florida, Joe Hutto, wildlife artist and naturalist, was presented with a rare opportunity. It had long been his hope to learn about the secret world of wild turkeys by having young turkey poults imprint on him, but obtaining wild turkey eggs, or young poults, had proven to be next to impossible; so when he arrived home one day to find a bowl filled with wild turkey eggs on his doorstep, he went out immediately to obtain an incubator, determined to become their mother. It was an experience that would change his life in ways he could never have imagined. He began speaking with them even before they hatched, and bonded with them in their first moments. Then, day after day, for over a year, he lived as a turkey mother, taking on the full-time job of raising 16 turkey chicks. It was a role he would learn from scratch and leave him caught up in wonder. The level of awareness and sensitivity of his young family to the world around them simply transcended anything he had experienced before. He learned their language and their ways, and in time, he became about as close to being a turkey in human skin as nature permits. Eventually, his children grew up, and Hutto had to let them go off on their own. It was harder than he ever imagined.

The journal Hutto kept of his life as a turkey ultimately became a book, entitled Illumination in the Flatwoods. His story is reenacted in this film in full, as he lived it.

Based on Hutto's book, Illuminations in the Flatlands.

Producer: David Allen
Executive Producer: Fred Kaufman, Andrew Ruhemann
Production Company: WNET; BBC; Thirteen
Production Year: 2012
Copyright Year: 2011
Director: Nature
Talent: Joe Hutto
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Barbara
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5.0 star rating
04/15/22
My Life as a Turkey
Review by Barbara on 04/15/22 review stating My Life as a Turkey
Saw this on PBS and knew it would be a perfect gift for my turkey hunting brother.
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Ellen
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5.0 star rating
02/10/22
My Lifes a Turkey
Review by Ellen on 02/10/22 review stating My Lifes a Turkey
Great story and wonderful to own!
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Krista
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5.0 star rating
01/19/22
Great documentary
Review by Krista on 01/19/22 review stating Great documentary
Fascinating story - one we like having in our home library and will share with family and friends. Thanks.
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Hollis
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01/09/22
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Review by Hollis on 01/09/22 review stating Hollis W Baggett
This is from a person who experience the behavior from the turkeys as they developed from hatchlings to mature turkeys on a daily observations. This is a much see to appreciate a biologist observations.
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Barbara
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5.0 star rating
01/09/22
Great show!
Review by Barbara on 01/09/22 review stating Great show!
Great show!
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Ralph
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5.0 star rating
12/28/21
My Life As A Turkey
Review by Ralph on 12/28/21 review stating My Life As A Turkey
Amazing story and photography.
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MIREILLE
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12/28/21
Superb human story!
Review by MIREILLE on 12/28/21 review stating Superb human story!
We enjoyed it so much that we keep on watching it again and again with our friends and family!
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Janet
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12/28/21
Great!
Review by Janet on 12/28/21 review stating Great!
We saw this on our local PBS station, and we have wild turkeys that come through our neighborhood. Knew our neighbor would love it for Christmas!
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Kenneth
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5.0 star rating
11/26/21
My life as a turkey
Review by Kenneth on 11/26/21 review stating My life as a turkey
Most powerful documentary me and wife has seen WISH IT COULD BE PLAYED EVERY THANKSGIVING
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Barry
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11/26/21
Very interesting program
Review by Barry on 11/26/21 review stating Very interesting program
Just goes to show how humans and wildlife can sometimes interact.
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Breandan
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11/25/21
Love this documentary!
Review by Breandan on 11/25/21 review stating Love this documentary!
Love this documentary!
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Gundula
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11/25/21
Beautiful account
Review by Gundula on 11/25/21 review stating Beautiful account
I cant wait to buy this. I saw it by chance on the BBC iplayer a few years ago, and have now bought the book. I was stunned by the film, what a beautiful, intimate portrayal of his experiences with these birds. Who knew turkeys were so interesting, that one could get so close to them ? You join him on a journey, as he is there at the hatching of the chicks and thereon enters the life of wild turkeys. Ive bought the other books by Joe Hutto as well, and have to say that he is a remarkable man.


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