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I am a cannibal... No matter into what far corner of my mind I push those words, they flash along the surface of my brain like news along the track that runs around the building at Times Square." - Tobias Schneebaum, Keep the River on the Right
In 1955, Tobias Schneebaum disappeared into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon. He had no guide, no map, and only he vaguest of instructions: Keep the river on your right. A year later Schneebaum emerged from the jungle…naked, covered in body paint, and a modern-day cannibal.
Titled after Schneebaum’s 1969 cult classic memoir about his formative experiences living in the Amazon, KEEP THE RIVER ON YOUR RIGHT is the extraordinary stranger-than-fiction story of Schneebaum’s return to the jungle, 45 years after his original visit, to reunite with the very tribesmen he loved and who gave him nightmares for nearly half a century. A deeply affecting and searing portrait, sibling filmmakers Laurie and David Shapiro capture a man in utter conflict, a fearless adventurer, and one of the most charming, enigmatic, and perplexing men ever captured on screen.
A film beloved by critics across the country, KEEP THE RIVER ON YOUR RIGHT is compelling as it is bizarre. Here art, love, sex, self-discovery, adventure, and redemption come together in one truly remarkable tale.
Deleted Scenes; Photo/Sketch Gallery with original artwork by Tobias Schneebaum; Original Color Illustrations by Tobias Schneebaum from the book Jungle Journey; Filmmaker Biographies; Tobias Schneebaum Biography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
2001: Independent Spirit Award Winner; 2002 Online Film Critics Society Awards: Best Documentary Nomination; 2001 Newport Beach Film Festival: Best Documentary Winner; 2000 Hamptons International Film Festival: Best Documentary Film/Video, Golden Starfish Award Winner; 2000: Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival: Special Jury Prize Winner; 2002 GLAAD Media Awards: Outstanding Documentary Nomination;More Info
"I am a cannibal... No matter into what far corner of my mind I push those words, they flash along the surface of my brain like news along the track that runs around the building at Times Square."
- Tobias Schneebaum, Keep the River on the Right
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