Gringo Trails raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful global industries of our time: tourism. With stunning footage from Bolivia, Thailand, Mali, and Bhutan, the film follows...
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Gringo Trails raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful global industries of our time: tourism. With stunning footage from Bolivia, Thailand, Mali, and Bhutan, the film follows the well-worn 'gringo trail' travel route in Latin America and beyond, revealing a complex web of relationships between cultures that collide yet need one another: host countries looking for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. Travelers, transformed by new landscapes and beliefs, also have unforeseeable--sometimes catastrophic effects on the places they visit. Through the life-changing stories of travelers and locals, Gringo Trails explores the dramatic impact of tourism around the world over the past three decades and gives examples of sustainable alternatives. Written by
This movie is extremely well done. It takes a little known subject: the effect that certain clueless, entitled young travelers have on fragile eco-systems around the world. Some of the footage is pretty disturbing-- you really hope someone will come along and throw these unbelievably spoiled people in jail or punish them somehow. You wonder how they can be so consumed by their own shallowness and lack of sensitivity. The film is a pretty devastating look at human behavior at its most awful and it explores how some previously exploited parts of the world are taking control and setting limits in order to preventively preserve their fragile environments and cultures. The filmmakers deserve a lot of praise for their elegant filmmaking style and for commenting so succinctly on the best and worst aspects of the human condition.
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