Along the Amazon 2015
Equipped with only the bare essentials Philip sets off from the small fishing village of Kanoa on the Pacific Ocean coast, crosses the Andes and heads into the Amazon jungle with an Indian canoe. The river is everything – food, bed, road and direction. This is what the locals believe, people who depend only on what nature provides and on each other. Waterside communities are an unpredictable lot – they could sell you food or show their aggressive side. Many of them have never seen a foreigner and regard any stranger on the river as a devil looking for gold or other valuable resources hidden in their land. The jungle and the river become Philip’s haven. Although his canoe is overturned on several occasions and his arm is badly injured after a severe collision, he discovers the loving face of the Amazon. Unfortunately he also discovers a much more dangerous reality – the war between locals, the drug trade, the military and the petrol companies. After a brief encounter and skirmish with drug traffickers he is left with only a small portion of his equipment and the renewed will to continue. A month-long bout of poor health ensues and, after a several unpleasant incidents he loses his canoe. In an intense internal struggle, the impulse to wrap up the expedition gets the upper hand. Finally, at the border between Colombia and Brazil he puts an end to his mission.