Director: Benjamin Saddd - UK (2017) 53'
Ben and James have been on several 'adventures' together, from pulling a sofa across southern England to swimming the length of a knee deep river in Dorset. Making films about our trips has become a part of the journey. We wanted to build on these journeys in our latest project but also make something about more than us - to capture the beauty of the landscape, the people and the wildlife we encountered would have to be more important than any distance or number of miles we could travel. It was with this in mind that we came up with the idea of DugOut, an idea as simple as the name suggests: we would travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build ourselves a canoe, then take that canoe on a journey… The film covers the two month trip, documenting our time in the Huaorani community as we built a dugout canoe, then our journey downstream through Ecuador's Yasuni region - one of the most biodiverse areas of the world.