In 1831, the young naturalist Charles Darwin set sail on one of the most important journeys ever made. Darwin circumnavigated the earth on the clipper ‘Beagle’, making discoveries that changed our ideas of time, space, chance, sex and nature. Almost 180 years later, his great-great granddaughter Sarah Darwin and British author Redmond O’Hanlon repeated this epic expedition in 2009 for VPRO’s documentary series The Beagle.
The voyage was leaving from Plymouth, and following Darwin’s original route which took them from Tenerife to Brazil and from the Galapagos islands to Australia all the way to Mauritius and South Africa. Along the way they examinined countless beautiful animals, plants and fossils. Different scientists were invited aboard at different stages of the journey to conduct research, consider Darwin’s observations, and discuss how they relate to the modern day.
Content Producer & Researcher
Ilja has been working as a content producer and researcher on the Beagle project from the very beginning in 2008. In August 2009 she set sail on board of the three-mast ship the Clipper ‘Stad Amsterdam’, traveled and filmed at sea and on land for nine consecutive months… in Darwin’s footsteps.