Gringo Trails

Gringo Trails

Streaming Video - 2015
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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? 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 traces stories over the course of thirty years to show the dramatic long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment. Directed by prominent anthropologist Pegi Vail, writer and lecturer on backpacking, travel, and the impact of tourism on local cultures, GRINGO TRAILS raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time: tourism. Following stories along the well-worn western travelers' route-the 'gringo trail', through South America and beyond to Africa and Asia-the film reveals the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences.
Publisher: [United States] : Icarus Films : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 79 min.)) : sd., col
Call Number: eVideo


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Jun 13, 2018

Very sobering....

Oct 22, 2017

Was very sad to see the destruction that humans have done to the planet. The movie seems to focus on the backpacking group and I'm not sure they can take full responsibility to all the destruction that has been done to pristine landscapes. Was a very hard movie to watch and we shut it off after 45 minutes.

Apr 21, 2017

This was fantastic. I wish there had been videos on this subject a long time ago. It was by far the most interesting "travel" video I've seen in years. I think it's really important that people think about the human, ecological and cultural toll that tourism sometimes takes on people.


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