American Experience: Into the Amazon: The Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition

September 1st, 2014 - August 31st, 2016 | PROJECT

This project will produce Into the Amazon: The Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition, a special presentation of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, for broadcast on PBS. This two-hour film tells the story of a remarkable expedition, led by former US President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano Da Silva Rondon, to explore an uncharted spur of the Amazon in one of the most remote and forbidding landscapes on earth. Over eight eventful weeks in the Brazilian rainforest Roosevelt and Rondon encountered and ultimately overcame a seemingly endless array of obstacles, including poisonous snakes, ravenous insects, flesh-eating fish, and impassable rapids. Meanwhile, indigenous people watched the expedition from the shadows, and debated whether the interlopers should live or die.

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Mark Samels, Principal Investigator, WGBH Educational Foundation


Funding Source: NEH
Award Number: TR-50559-14
Funding Amount: 600000


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | History | policy | law | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology