Travel 1940s South America via the Pan American Highway
Records an expedition by motor truck along the Pan American Highway in South America. The trip begins at La Guaira, Venezuela, and continues along mountain roads and through village markets to Caracas and the oil fields of Maracaibo, with a side trip across the Andes to Colombia. Shows the cathedral and plaza of Bogota, Colombia, and scenes of Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Indian farmers thresh grain, and women drive Ilamas and sheep to market. Shows scenes of the Peruvian coastline, the cities of Lima and Ayacucho, Lake Titicaca, the ancient Inca capital near Cuzco, Peru, and the city of La Paz, Bolivia. Shows the nitrate beds along the coast of Chile, street scenes at Santiago, scenes of the Argentine countryside, and the city and seaport of Buenos Aires. Shows scenes of Montevideo, Uruguay, and cotton farms, roads, and the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Equator - South America
For most people the equator is just an imaginary line running 25,000-miles around the globe. But the countries along the equator are among the most troubled on the planet. In this series Simon Reeve takes a journey around the region with the greatest natural biodiversity and perhaps the greatest concentration of human suffering: the equator.
Simon meets illegal loggers, father and son circumcisers, drunk villagers, and a young woman stuck in the baking desert. He is protected by soldiers in a coca field, and UN 'peace-enforcers' in a gold mine. Blackmailed and abandoned by drivers in one country, Simon travels through another that has just 300 miles of paved roads -- despite being the size of Western Europe.
Simon is drenched while white-water rafting, surrounded by a million flamingoes and swallowed by a tidal wave. After being warned about the deadly virus Ebola, he vomits blood and develops a temperature of nearly 40C. Diagnosed with malaria, he's saved by medicine derived from the Vietnamese sweet wormwood.
One remote tribe takes Simon to their sacred monument, while a man from another tribe of former head-hunters decides to make Simon part of the family: Simon is blessed with blood, presented with a short sword, and adopted.
Elsewhere, Simon discovers a matrilineal society where daughters are called 'iron butterflies', mass graves in the jungle, and islands where protesting fisherman have killed giant tortoises. He helps an orphaned orangutan into a tree, swims with sea-lions, fishes for piranha, climbs the equivalent of half-way up Everest, and discovers the city thought to be most at risk from volcanic eruptions.
Simon's trip takes him through the nation suffering the worst humanitarian crisis in the Western hemisphere, and the African country that's endured the most violent conflict on the planet since the Second World War.
Into the Blue - Ecological and Social Injustice in South America.
A filmed diary of a traveler-filmmaker who tramps on his own through Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, sculpturing images of his own spirituality, loneliness and his personal sensation of freedom.
In an essay-like composition "into the blue" rotates on two axes - Mankind and Nature and the relationship between them. The film is intended as a critical reflection about two aspects: the growing alienation, more and more criticized, between Mankind and Nature and the negative consequences which derive from the current model of development, which is highly unsustainable and lacks solidarity as it is based on the overexploitation of the planetÂ´s natural resources; it lacks solidarity because it provokes and stresses the inequalities among the human population and reduces biodiversity, causing damage to all other species.
Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia are poor countries because they are rich in natural resources. During centuries the first world was fed (and continues to be fed) on the natural resources of the above countries without granting real benefits to their -mainly indigenous - population, rather on the contrary.
"into the blue" is an intimate and reflective film; a poem to nature and life devoid of artificiality, and at the same time a portrait of the excluded and abandoned part of humanity living at the margins.