Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Directed by traveler and anthropologist Pegi Vail.
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, this documentary traces stories over 30 years to show the dramatic long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment.
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.
- Cost: $6 - $11