The Wild Coast: An Exploration of the Guianas| 54mins
Director: David Whalen | Producer:
Focus Years: | Country: United States
'The Wild Coast' is a physical, historical and philosophical exploration of the Guianas, the three countries that make up the northeast of South America. These unique, non-Spanish speaking countries, are still wild and untamed. The main theme of our film on the Guianas is freedom. Freedom has both been trampled on and clinged to at very great costs.
The film explores what happened at Jonestown, where more than 900 people died during a mass suicide/murder ritual, led by US cult leader Jim Jones in 1973. It further explores the freedom-loving Maroon people of Suriname who were brought as slaves from Africa, but rebelled against their slave owners establishing their own communities in the jungle and fighting back against their former slave masters. This group later fought against the Marxist dictator president of Suriname, DÃ©si Bouterse during the Suriname Guerilla War.
Finally, we explore the penal system in French Guiana, specifically Henri CharriÃ¨re and his book Papillon, the greatest story of a prison escape ever told. We retrace several of his escapes, including his first to Trinidad and his last to Venezuela, with a final glorious look at Angel Falls in the Canaima National Park.