A River Below

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Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 7, 2017 8:30 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Wed, Oct 11, 2017 8:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Active Cinema
Focus: Stewards of the Earth
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:87 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Mark Grieco
Producer:Torus Tammer
Mike Erwin
Cinematographer:Helkin René Díaz
Editor:Dan Swietlik
Note Writer:Margarita Landazuri


FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH A documentary as dramatic, ambiguous, and multilayered as any fiction film, A River Below examines the efforts of two conservationists to publicize an environmental threat, and the unexpected results of their good intentions. Among the many exotic creatures native to the Amazon, the pink river dolphin is one of the most appealing. Once abundant, the aquatic mammal is now vulnerable, hunted by fishermen to use as bait. A marine biologist and the host of a Brazilian wildlife television show want to draw attention to the dolphin’s plight. But their different approaches bring them into conflict with each other, and with fishermen who believe these outsiders threaten their livelihood. The film begins with graphic footage of a dolphin hunt, images it returns to again and again, reminders of what’s at stake. Compelling and morally complex, A River Below raises questions about motivation, fame, and the difficulty of determining the greater good.

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