Big River Man is Martin Strel, a Slovenian long-distance swimmer who swims the entire lengths of rivers. According to the Wikipedia article on him, “Strel holds successive Guinness World Records for swimming the Danube river, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon River.” The movie looks incredible!
The subject of a documentary by the same name, Big River Man’s real name is Martin Strel, from Slovenia. For some inexplicable reason he decided to swim down some of the longest, most dangerous rivers of the world. The 2007 documentary follows him as he swims down the Amazon. It took him 66 days to swim the 3,274 miles of river. Though he claimed he did it to save the rainforests, his motivation is still somewhat unclear. To train he swam five hours a day and mysteriously spent the rest of the time in a cave, ostensibly to be able to “think like an animal”, which he figured would serve him well in the Amazon!
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