A River Below explores the campaign to save the Amazon’s endangered pink river dolphin, with shocking insights into the culling of the species.
The documentary follows Brazilian TV conservationist Richard Rasmussen (Brazil’s answer to Steve Irwin) as he attempts to uncover the shocking truth behind the farming practices of big businesses, as they destroy the native pink river dolphin species in the Amazon.
The subsequent scandal that erupts from his campaign will threaten everything that he’s worked towards.
The film’s themes will cover modern activist practices along with how the media is used in such campaigns, both as an advantage and a disadvantage.
Based on the trailer, it appears the film will propose various moral questions, and serve to provide entertainment through controversy, shock and awe, at the mishandling of this nearly endangered species.
It reminded me a lot of 2009’s Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, which to me, was essentially the closest thing to a real-life equivalent of a Hollywood thriller, based on themes of animal abuse.
If A River Below is anything like that, then audiences should be in for a treat, and based on the early buzz the film is getting, then this is definitely one to check out.
The film has aired at several film festivals thus far and has received rave reviews, including early Oscar buzz.
Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
A River Below screens at the Melbourne International Film Festival on 8 and 13 August 2017, book your tickets here.