In the first series of its kind, travel journalist and host Rachel Parsons explores international travel as a lone female: no crew, no traveling companions. Single videographer Parsons produces, films, and hosts the series, proving that traveling solo doesn't have to be so scary; and that traveling alone doesn't mean you're lonely.
The Peregrine Dame Season 2 is a production of Green Pier Media, and is a fiscally sponsored project of Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The first season of The Peregrine Dame saw successful distribution on public television through independent public television and PBS member-stations in 2014 through the National Educational Telecommunications Association and the second season has guaranteed distribution through NETA.
Beginning production in January 2015, The Peregrine Dame Season 2 finds Rachel Parsons in Southeast Asia — alone — traveling through the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar meeting new people, delving into the culture raw and pushing emotional and personal limits, finding out why individual travel may just help preserve the human race.
From investigating the progress of rebuilding from Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation in 2013 in the Philippines to examining how American Vietnam vets are doing humanitarian work in the country, to the un-touristed jewels of Myanmar, TPD S2 shares history, culture, and a couple of meltdowns to boot in an educational, yet entertaining way. It's not the warm, fuzzy world of other travel shows. It's the real world of traveling solo with The Peregrine Dame; honest, curious, and unafraid, encouraging exploration of the humanities through travel with a purpose.
What makes TPD unique is that it presses further into cultural issues than most straightforward travel shows. Previous episodes have looked at racism in Belize, poverty in the favelas of Rio, women’s issues in Buenos Aires, and the middle ground that South Africans of Indian descent occupied during apartheid.
The six countries covered in season 2 will become six episodes, each one-half hour in length. Humanities themes include art, politics, and social anthropology. NETA makes the series available to schools and other public institutions throughout the United States. Green Pier Media also has a relationship with the Los Angeles Public Library and makes episodes available free of charge for screenings and events.