Big River Man

Complex times require complex heroes.


Synopsis

Complex times require complex heroes. In February 2007 Martin Strel began an insane attempt to be the first person to swim the entire length of the world’s most dangerous river, the mighty Amazon. Martin is an endurance swimmer from Slovenia, who swims rivers – the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze to date - to highlight their pollution to the world. Martin is also a rather overweight, horseburger- loving Slovenian in his fifties who drinks two bottles of red wine a day...even when swimming.
“A close cousin to Werner Herzog” Variety
“A Supersize Me of sport” Screen International
“The pivotal figure in this excellent American documentary...has so much personality it’s a wonder he fits on the screen” NY Times

Genre

Feature Documentary

Director

John Maringouin

Producer

John Maringouin, Maria Florio, Molly Lynch, Kevin Ragsdale, Roger M. Mayer, Molly Hassell

Cast

Martin Strel, Borut Strel, Matthew Mohlke

Country

United States of America

Production Status

Completed

Runtime

100 min 

Year

2008