Directed by Pegi Vail
USA, 2013
80 minutes (with subtitles)

Are tourists destroying the planet? This compelling documentary raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalising forces of our time: tourism. Spanning South America, Africa and Asia, the tourist pathway known as the ‘gringo trail’ has facilitated both life-altering adventures and serious damage to once-pristine environments.

This film follows stories along the trail from the Bolivian Jungle to the deserts of Timbuktu to reveal the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. As travelers are altered by new landscapes, values and belief systems, they also unavoidably alter the people and places they visit.