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"Into the Amazon" - PBS American Experience

In conjunction with American Experience and PBS, The Explorers Club is proud to present a premiere screening of Into the Amazon, followed by a live panel with the filmmakers and special guests.

Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Two of the most celebrated men from their respective nations, Roosevelt and Rondon set out with twenty other adventurers in 1914. Over eight eventful weeks in one of the most remote places on earth, the ill-equipped expedition navigated deadly rapids in crude dugout canoes. Hunger and exhaustion were compounded by the rainforest’s unforgiving topography, which forced the men to carry heavy canoes long distances. What was anticipated to be a relatively tranquil journey turned out to be a brutal test of courage and character. Before it was all over, one member of the expedition had drowned and another had committed murder. Roosevelt would badly injure his leg and beg to be left behind to die. More than a dramatic adventure story, Into the Amazon shines a light on two of the western hemisphere’s most formidable men, and the culture and politics of their two formidable nations.

For 30 years, American Experience has been television’s most-watched history series. Hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle), the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam. American Experience also creates original digital content that uses new forms of storytelling to connect our collective past with the present. Visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to learn more.

Major funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance and by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for Into the Amazon provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

The film will be Introduced by American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels. A discussion panel and Q&A will follow the screening, featuring:

John Maggio, writer, director and producer, Into the Amazon
Hannah Olson, co-producer, Into the Amazon
Tweed Roosevelt, great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and President of the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, who retraced his great-grandfather’s adventure down the Rio Roosevelt
Larry Rohter, former Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief of The New York Times, author of Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed, and an upcoming biography of Cândido Rondon

Date: Tuesday, December 5

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening with Panel to follow

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