Modernizers and archaeologists are on opposite sides of a $3 billion battle in Istanbul. The modernizers would like to build a tunnel and connecting rail line across the narrow strait. The water passage is very slow and this is one of the busiest commuter and cargo shipping lanes in the world. The archaeologists are concerned about preservation of artifacts from the passage of people and goods from all over Europe through this area for 2 ½ thousand years. The largest harbor of ancient times (the 4th Century) has been discovered a few yards below ground level. Clues to past seismic events are also discovered from this Byzantine harbor and the worst fault line on the planet is here.
There is a lot of interesting information both about the excavations and the process of constructing the tunnel. The scenery of the area is also very beautiful. The technical details can sometimes get slightly tedious. 3* (This movie is OK)
60 min, TV Episode, National Geographic Doc directed by Phillip Day with Hayati Akbas.
Note: Imdb 7.6 out of 10, Amazon 5* with 1 review.
Special Note: Filmed in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California and Turkey.