Are tourists destroying the planet — or saving it ?

How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? GRINGO TRAILS, a new documentary film offers answers—some heartbreaking, some hopeful. From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, GRINGO TRAILS shows the unanticipated impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment, tracing some stories over 30 years. Through serious and at times humorous reflection, backpackers and local inhabitants tell startling stories of transformation.

3/29: Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, CA
3/19: Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital DC, Presented with National Geographic Traveler
4/5-6, 4/13: RiverRun International Film Festival NC
4/6: Yale Environmental Film Festival, Conn
4/19-20, 4/22-23: Digital Gym / San Diego Media Arts Center CA
5/24, 30 & 6/13, 15: Documentary Edge Film Festival, Auckland & Wellington, New Zealand

Recent Press: Al Jazeera America / Calcalist / CNN / Conde Nast Traveler / Gadling / Globo / La Repubblica / National Geographic Weekend /  NOW Toronto / Outside / RadioLIVE New Zealand / Rudy Maxa / South China Morning Post / Travel WeeklyWeather Channel

An ICARUS FILMS release in North America

5/5 Stars! Cleverly edited and beautifully shot…An absorbing look at how tourism has altered the ecology, geography and culture of some of the world’s most beautiful and remote areas.” —Glenn Sumi, NOW Toronto

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