I was lucky enough to have stumbled onto BraveNewTraveler’s interview with Brook Silva-Braga about a documentary (“A Map for Saturday”) he made during his backpacker travels around the world. The things he had to say seemed interesting enough, so I went to the movie’s website to check it out, and decided to buy it. I received it in the mail a few days later, and just finished watching it. So in the spirit of doing some travel-related reviews, I’m going to speak a little about the film and my opinions about it. I’m hesitant to reveal too many things. I’ll limit the review to a point, and not give away too much – because you really need to see this film on your own… J
In one word: ‘wow’. I really, really liked “A Map for Saturday”.
It wasn’t so much his journey – which took him to places like Australia, Thailand, France, Italy, and Brazil. Of course, all of those places were fantastic to see with their visually stunning landscapes and backgrounds, and all of his experiences in those places were intriguing and interesting. It also wasn’t the interviews of the people (both locals and fellow travelers) along the way. All of the people had opinions and thoughts that were insightful…about everything from their travels, to love, to stereotypes, to the different cultures they’ve experienced. It wasn’t even the part in the film where Silva-Braga talks about going home after 10 months of adventure and says that “a normal life doesn’t seem that attractive anymore” (which happens to be my favorite part of the film since it rings so true for me).
No, the best thing about “A Map for Saturday” is that it captures the essence of travel. The ENTIRE experience of traveling long-term. Everything. With every destination that he visited, everything that he did, the people that he met and spoke to…every point that he made was dead-on. Every point. I can’t remember thinking/feeling that there was a film that captured the essence of long-term travel the way that this film did. It was just really well-done, and I can’t say enough about how anyone that has ever traveled (or that wants to make the leap to travel) should see this movie. It was just really that great.
So visit amapforsaturday.com and order your copy today. Let me know what you think…