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Gringo Trails (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Adventure, Drama | 1 January 2014 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Pegi Vail

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Pegi Vail
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Costas Christ Costas Christ ... Costas Christ
Yossi Ghinsberg Yossi Ghinsberg ... Yossi Ghinsberg
Pico Iyer Pico Iyer ... Pico Iyer
Holly Morris Holly Morris ... Herself
Anja Mutic Anja Mutic ... Anja Mutic
Rolf Potts Rolf Potts ... Rolf Potts
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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 Anonymous

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USA | Bhutan | Bolivia | Mali | Thailand

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Gringo Trails: How Big Is Your Footprint? See more »

Filming Locations:

Timbuktu, Mali See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,477, 5 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,587, 10 May 2015
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Great Documentary
29 September 2017 | by kareeseveSee all my reviews

Gringo Trails, created by Pegi Vail is a must-watch documentary, especially for those in the tourism management industry. Entertaining, educational, and emotional this is a film that is enjoyable to watch, yet will also teach a lot. Almost everyone will agree with and understand the concept that tourism can ruin the authenticity and natural landscape of a destination, but this documentary gives numerous specific, concrete examples told through stories that engage the audience. Starting in the Bolivian Amazon forest and travelling through to Salar de Uyuni's salt deserts, Haad Rin's beach pollution, and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, among others, Gringo Trails leaves nothing general or to the imagination. This is a film that highlights issues we all need to be aware of, and what can be done to manage tourism's world takeover.


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