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The Nefertiti phenomenon

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  • World famous, legendary and mysterious: Nefertiti was the wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton. More than a hundred years after the discovery of her bust, a team of international experts is trying to find the missing pieces in the puzzle of her story.

    Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti every year. Discovered in 1912, the bust has attracted legendary lore. But is this treasure a fake? Enter a conspiracy behind the mysterious jewel in this documentary.

    Even more than three thousand years after her death, she remains more popular than any other figure from ancient Egypt: Nefertiti. She is regarded as the most powerful and charismatic woman of antiquity. In 1912, a German Oriental Society expedition came across the life-size sculpture of the queen in the ruins of Achetaton. Over one hundred years later, a team of international experts is trying to solve the remaining mysteries of her fate. How did the mother of six die and why is her mummy missing?

    Nefertiti ruled Egypt alongside her husband Amenhotep IV. Her not-so-modest name means “a beautiful woman has come.” But after reigning for 12 years she vanished. Some Egyptologists believe she became co-regent under a new name, while others believe she may have died.

    Directed by: Olivier Lemaitre

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