Daniel Radcliffe (best known for his Harry Potter films) will star in the film ‘Jungle’ that is based on a ‘true’ story about a Bolivian Amazon expedition that went wrong.
Most Indians may not have a clue where Bolivia is located, although a lot more are likely to be aware about the Amazon rain-forest.
However, this film about Yossi Ghinsberg’s surival in the Bolivian Amazon could start a wave of tourism in that region, and also highlight the beauty of the region to the world.
So what is the story about?
In 1981, adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg (an Israeli now based in Australia) traveled to the Bolivian Amazon in search of gold. However, the expedition ended up in a disaster. Ghinsberg survived for 21 days in the Bolivian Amazon and just about managed to save his life.
He narrated his entire ordeal in the best-selling 2005 novel “Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival”.
Ghinsberg’s survival story was also featured on Discovery Channel (I Shouldn’t Be Alive series).
“My book had a big impact on this part of the world. There was a wave of tourism (in Rurrenabaque, a small town in the northern Amazon province of Beni, and the nearby Madidi National Park.)
My thinking now is that with the film there’s going to be a tsunami, not just a wave.
Well, that’s the power of films; they can have a huge impact on tourism.