Big River Man

genre feature documentary
director john maringouin
producers john maringouin, maria florio, molly lynch, kevin ragsdale, roger m. mayer, molly hassell
country US
production status Completed
running time 100min
year 2008
official website
us distribution discovery communications planet green

“a supersize me of sport”
Screen International

“A close cousin to Werner Herzog”

“The pivotal figure in the excellent American documentary Big River Man from the resourceful young director John Maringouin has so much personality it’s a wonder he fits on the screen…”
New York Times

Big River Man is an enormously entertaining doc that takes a series of unexpected turns, and you should make a point of checking it out”
Filmmaker Magazine

Big River Man

Complex times require complex heroes


In February 2007 Martin Strel began an insane attempt to be the first person to swim the entire length of the world’s most dangerous river, the mighty Amazon. Martin is an endurance swimmer from Slovenia, who swims rivers – the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze to date – to highlight their pollution to the world. Martin is also a rather overweight, horseburger-loving Slovenian in his fifties who drinks two bottles of red wine a day…even when swimming.

Big River Man Still 01
Big River Man Still 01