Guyana Chronicle, 27 April 2008
THE indigenous tourism community, Surama has been chosen by Ricochet,
Britain's leading independent television company as one of the
locations for the filming of an adventure reality based survivor type
contest and TV series titled "Unbreakable" said the Guyana Tourism
According to a release, the 20 member team comprising of 12 film crew
and eight contestants arrived in Guyana on Saturday and the production
shoot will begin next Tuesday.
The press statement explained that the contest is about survival in
the great outdoors and wilderness and contestants will undergo a
series of grueling tasks to test their survival skills and endurance.
"The contestants, both male and female will have to endure a series of
challenges from wrestling with anacondas, biting off the heads of live
piranhas to ensuring the traditional Makushi stick beating ritual,"
the release disclosed.
The series will also be filmed in Africa and Europe.
It noted: "This adventure docu-series will provide destination Guyana
with much needed positive publicity and will help to create more
awareness of and raise the profile and image of unspoilt, untouched
and undiscovered Guyana. The series will also help to promote, brand
and share with the world our indigenous Makushi culture and tradition,
our eco tourism product, community based tourism, the remote village
of Surama, our flora and fauna, wildlife, etc".
The indigenous community will benefit from the construction of three
thatched bush camps, two toilets, two dug out canoes, two aluminum
boats with engines, a generator, a laptop computer among other
equipment, the statement underlined.
In addition, it said, over 20 persons from the village will be
employed and community members will be prominently featured during the
five day shoot.
Previous big screen motion pictures that were filmed here include
White Diamond, Guiana 1838, BBC's Extreme Dream and a National
Geographic documentary on the otters, scaling Mount Roraima.