The Pan-American Highway (1960)

A superb historical document that showcases, in glorious colour, a South America that to a large extent, has gone forever.

Students of this film festival will remember the Canadian couple, Mel and Ethel Ross and Headless Valley, the film of their legendary assault on the white water rivers of the Yukon in 1955. Five years later they were back at the cutting edge, driving their V6 GMC pick-up from Canada down to the bottom of Chile then back up to Buenos Aires. Their gorgeous colour 16mm footage reminds us of the robust hope of those post war years. This is a Technicolor South America, bursting with life and vigour. A continent as yet unsullied by the toxic cocktail of hyper-inflation and military dictatorship. Streets awash with salsa, Catholic iconography, sharp suited latin-metropolita