Deep in what was once considered the darkest heart of Africa, on one of the world's largest and most pristine lakes, the MV Liemba doggedly perseveres, ferrying passengers and cargo up and down the remote eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. For nearly a century, the ship has served as the primary means of travel, and a critical avenue of commerce, for soldiers, traders, missionaries and migrants on Lake Tanganyika - the geographical link between east, central and southern Africa. The MV Liemba has witnessed many sea-changes in Africa's troubled history from the era of European colonialism, through African independence in the 1960s and up to today's emerging global marketplace. This documentary uses the story of the Liemba to bring that history to life while also taking the audience on a present day journey on the oldest operational passenger ship in the world.

Duration: 60 minutes

Saturday, July 22, 3 p.m. on Vermont PBS Plus
Wednesday, July 26, 8:30 p.m. on Vermont PBS Plus
Thursday, July 27, 8 p.m. on Vermont PBS



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