"About 95% of our population don't have access to cinema," says Luis. "We set up gigantic inflatable screens on the main square [...] more than two million people in close to 700 villages have watched the screenings". Image by Luis Hernan Reina courtesy Luis Hernan Reina
Point of connection: The Amazon Queen.
Among the puzzling tribes along the banks were the guarded Israelites. Unafraid and outspoken, this girl caught our attention.
When his ship went down into the cruel depths of the muddy Amazon river, Captain Phil enlisted in Iraq to make money for repairs - and a chance to start again.
His dream to navigate with his family from Colombia, the Queens country of registry, to the mouth of the Amazon at Belem do Para, the last town on the Brazilian Amazon River, has yet to be fulfilled.
After the journey we scattered to the wind: Luis toured Colombia showing people movies. Image by Luis Hernan Reina courtesy Luis Hernan Reina
"Of course they have seen movies before on TV, but for the first time they watch next to hundreds of other people who laugh and gasp in unison." Image by Luis Hernan Reina courtesy Luis Hernan Reina
Things happen a bit slower in Colombia but the trends are very similar, he says, "everything will revolve around the Internet and traditional cable will eventually disappear." Image by Luis Hernan Reina courtesy Luis Hernan Reina
Luis is into parachuting and wing gliding these days, which frequently brings him to California. Image by Luis Hernan Reina courtesy Luis Hernan Reina
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(Tina Sjogren) It was 2005 and we were headed to Bogotá to check up on an enigmatic river boat named the Amazon Queen. It was owned by Vietnam veteran Phil Gonzales who used his paramedic past to provide tribes along troubled parts of the water with medical aid. The American Captain took us on an unforgettable journey through remote parts of the Amazon flow. We slept in tents on deck, made fires on shifting islets, drank dark rom, learned salsa, took turns with kids on mudslides into the river, survived a few nasty storms...