This 50-minute documentary follows the steps of Karl Theodor Goldschmid (KTG), a geologist who spent many years exploring different regions of South America in the early- to mid-20th century, especially the Amazon basin in Ecuador. In his diaries, KTG describes his time in the Ecuadorian landscape among the isolated populations of the rainforest.
KTG was among the first explorers in this region and one of the few to return with such detailed descriptions. He also produced some extraordinary photographs, which were the first coloured images of the Amazon basin.
The documentary juxtaposes his account of this experience with a visit to the same regions today, after the world has infiltrated this past innocence.
Karl Theodor Goldschmid (KTG) was a man of few words but profound thought. He was an intellectual, a philosopher, a musician, a husband and a father. And he was my grandfather. I remember him most sitting quietly on his armchair smoking his pipe, making occasional, very dry and often humorous remarks.
I was only 13 when he passed away and regretfully never benefited from his knowledge until my father published a book in 2005, based on a collection of documents, diaries, photos and other material, which my grandfather left for us in pristine condition. These recollections describe his experiences exploring territories in Indonesia and South America, and later in Iran for UNESCO. They are now stored in the Goldschmid Archive (www.archivogoldschmid.com).
Having spent much of our childhood in South America, both my father and I were privileged to experience the beauty of those surroundings. Through the diaries and our own experience, we observed an incredible transformation in the region. In this film, we trace my grandfather’s paths in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, where he spent almost 10 years searching for oil. We explore the changes that have occurred in the last 60 years, juxtaposing his perspective with those that prevail today.
The film is ultimately a journey to explore the innocence of the past and the realities of the present, revealing the destruction that has occurred but also capturing the rare wilderness that has survived the last 50 years. The images and insights will depict the beauty of nature and the way of life of the people in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, both then and now. We hope to inspire those who might consider exploring this region and enlighten those whose actions might cause further destruction to this spectacular treasure.
The Project is actually in preproduction phase.