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Diablo Rojo

Posted on 10/30/2018 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from our curator, independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

The artist Andrés Salazar makes his living painting decorative art on Panama’s fleet of buses, a colorful fleet nicknamed “red devil” by locals. The bus system is unregulated, and its wild spirit is beautifully captured by filmmaker Eion McLaughlin. Each bus operator commissions his own paint job, an exercise of creative and unpredictable individuality that is also in play when it comes to bus signal lights, random bus routing, and arbitrary bus fares. “These guys drive crazy,” a passer-by informs us. The artist Salazar describes how he chooses his next bus “canvas” and commission prospect: “If the bus looks good and has the best music, you’re in the money!” Bienvenido a Panamá, home of the red devil.

Diablo Rojo - Produced by Eoin Mclaughlin

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Discover these vibrantly-painted buses for yourself when you explore Panamanian culture on Panama Canal Cruise & Panama: A Continent Divided, Oceans United.

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