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- Release Date: 05/19/2009
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For the first time ever on film, the filmmakers at Nova and National Geographic capture a remarkable phenomenon known as the Mautam that occurs only once every 48 years in the remote Indian state of Mizoram. Mizoram is approximately 8,100 square miles, and twice every century an indigenous species of bamboo blooms, blanketing 30 percent of the land. When that happens, the rat population that feeds on the bamboo's fruit explodes. The result is an unstoppable army of rodents that obliterates crops, and precipitates a massive famine throughout the state. This is nature at its most mysterious and fierce, and in this investigation scientists attempt to understand how it always happens with clockwork precision. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi