Big River Man

"As his attention to detail and beauty shots prove, Mr. Maringouin has a terrific eye? he brings you close to Mr. Strel, sometimes within panting distance, without forgetting the larger, lovelier world."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"An odd and irresistible documentary. "
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Synopsis

Martin Strel is an eccentric Slovenian endurance swimmer -- an "eco-superhero" who traverses rivers to raise awareness about pollution. In 2007, he attempts his greatest feat yet: to swim 3,375 miles down the mighty Amazon River. While he and his motley crew battle predators, pollution, rapids, and psychological distress, Strel flouts his failing health -- refueling on wine, whiskey, and car batteries. As tensions and blood pressure rise, the journey becomes a larger-than-life legend that is as strange and profound as Strel himself. Dark, humorous, and stunning, Big River Man is the surreal portrait of an extraordinary man who knows no limits.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 100 min.
Year: 2009

CREDITS

CAST
Matthew Mohlke ()
Martin Strel ()
Borut Strel ()
DIRECTED BY
John Maringouin

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Director John Maringouin. Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
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