Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Touch of the Blue Crocodile
There's a new feature-length crocodile documentary on its way called "Touch of the Blue Crocodile". I've seen the trailer, which you can view after the break below, and it looks excellent. The film-makers play on the traditional fear that many people feel about crocodiles, and then they turn it completely on its head. It encapsulates the issues surrounding wild crocodiles living increasingly close to people, and confronts you with two very different sides to the argument. I particularly like the way it gets back to the notion of the crocodile as a mythical creature, with all the benefits and drawbacks that entails.
After the jump, the trailer and more about the documentary.
The entire feature is the work of just two people, Petr Tomaides (who directed it) and Petr Myska. It took them nearly three years to make, charting a journey along Mexico's western coast searching for the legendary "blue crocodile". Although the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is the subject, the story revolves around relationships between people and crocodiles, and wonders why a creature that was once venerated and worshipped is now largely despised.
Petr and Petr just finished the feature this month, although the trailer has been around for over a year. Right now they're looking for broadcasters and distributors who might be interested in getting this fascinating-looking documentary out there. I can't wait to see the finished thing, although if you're in Chiapas, Mexico, there's going to be a showing on 24 February. You can find all the details about the film at its website (English | Spanish | Czech).