Big River Man

Big River Man

DVD - 2010
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"A rather overweight, heavy-drinking Slovenian in his fifties, Martin Strel is an endurance swimmer who swims across the world to highlight the issue of pollution. Having conquered the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze, Martin undertakes his most treacherous journey yet: to be the first person to swim the entire length of the mighty Amazon. Battling the most vicious predators, dangerous rapids, and oozing toxic pollution, Strel's physical fortitude and his relationship with his son is strained, and he begins to lose his grip on reality"--Container.
Publisher: [New York] : IndiePix Films], 2010, c2009
Description: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD 797.21092 Str


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Jun 21, 2012

Started viewing this not expecting much; hooked in by the humour, it evolved into a study of humanity and how fragile the mind can be. Realizing a dream or goal can have unforeseen repercussions. As with most ventures- success at what cost?

Nov 29, 2011

Weird, interesting documentary. Does he swim because he is crazy or does the swimming make him crazy?

carlcav Apr 19, 2011

Borat meets Fitzcarraldo! Martin Strel believes if he thinks he's an animal while he's swimming the Amazon, he won't be eaten. Worth a try if he wants to survive this incredible adventure. Exhilarating, awe-inspiring. The world is a better place with people like Strel in it.

Dec 15, 2010

A really great documentary! Martin Strel is an amazing person and this is a very interesting movie.

There are more than a few allusions to the Heart of Darkness.

Oct 11, 2010

Sometimes over the top so you wonder if this is really just a big story or the truth.
It is a wonderful ride however, and excellently done - even if it does get a bit carried away as to become a farce.
Worth watching for sure!

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