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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.
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An ICARUS FILMS release in North America

Theatrical Premiere! Sept 4-11 @ Cinema Village, New York City

Australia Premiere! Sept 4-12 @ Environmental Film Festival Melbourne



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Gringo Trails depicts in sometimes shocking images, the bad, the ugly and yes, the good sides of tourism,  sparking much needed discussions about what it means to be a traveler”   National Geographic Traveler, August/September 2014 issue

““a film more than a decade in the making by American anthropologist Pegi Vail, looks at the effect of the unplanned or mismanaged growth of the tourism industry in developing countries.” — Zoe Li, CNN

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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