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Big River Man (2008)

Cast: Martin Strel
Director: John Maringouin
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Studio: Indiepix
Genre: Documentary, Quirky Characters
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

Four-time world record-holding endurance swimmer Martin Strel attempts to swim all 3,375 miles of the mighty Amazon River as filmmaker John Maringouin follows him on every stroke of his treacherous and fantastic journey. Over the course of 66 grueling days, the hard-drinking, overweight, 52-year-old Strel draws on sheer willpower to accomplish his lofty goal as a hand-picked group of faith-healers, outsiders, and drunks cheer him along from the shoreline. The resulting film not only focuses on the trials that Strel endured on his record-breaking swim, but also draws much-needed attention to the Amazon Rainforest -- a landscape that faces an uncertain future due to the combined stresses of progress and pollution. ~ Jason Buchanan, AMG

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