Overweight and over 50, Slovenian Martin Strel swims the worlds largest rivers - the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze to draw attention to environmental issues.In the case of the relatively clean Amazon, Strel's goal is to highlight rainforest destruction and its global effect. Journeying with his English speaking son Borut and director John Maringouin, he sets out to swim the Amazon, facing obstacles including carnivorous fish, rapids and toxic water pollution. Big River Man is a character study filled with humour, an edge-of-your-seat thrilling adventure and an awareness raising environment documentary that delivers on all fronts. Caution heavy alcohol consumption. Director: John Maringouin. 101 minutes, 2009.
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