Resources is such a dry word. I prefer to think of it more as information that creates a solid visual picture in your mind. Anyway, here’re some good resources for Belize.

Movies:

The Mosquito Coast with Harrison Ford and River Phoenix was filmed in Belize in 1986. Great movie. River Phoenix was my first celebrity crush, so I’ve actually seen this one a few times. ūüôā A couple other¬†films that I haven’t seen that were either¬†set¬†or filmed in Belize¬†are MegaPiranha and Dogs of War.

And let’s not forget such classic South and Central¬†American-themed films as Romancing the Stone, Only Angels Have Wings, Raiders of the Lost Arc, and The Tailor of Panama. I also ran across an interesting blog called Projections: What Latin America Tells Us in the Movies (http://screened.blogspot.com). I haven’t read much of it, but the list of films and thoughtful reviews is impressive.

Books:

Our Man in Belize…haven’t read it yet but was told it’s a pretty funny story¬†recounted by an FS officer who was posted there in the ’60s. You can find a bunch of other ones on Amazon, but this is the only¬†one that was recommended to me. Although these ones look interesting as well:

Marijuana Time by Ken Lukowiak, a British Army officer in the ’80s.
Belize: A Novel by Carlos Ledsen Miller.
Jaguar: One Man’s Struggle to Establish the World’s First Jaguar Preserve by Alan Rabinowitz.

And of course there are a ton of guidebooks out there as well.

Videos:

Lonely Planet Travel Video. This one is by three friends that did a bit of adventuring. My favorite part is their nod to the Corona commercial. www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6z1g-CQpEw

Samantha Brown: Passport to Latin America series, Belize episode. This one’ll cost you a whopping $1.99.
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LQYHYM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-video&qid=1310079648&sr=8-1

5minLife Videopedia has a lot of short clips: http://www.5min.com/Tag/belize?CategoryID=0

Blogs:

There are also a bunch of blogs out there. I’m currently following You Can Call Me Al at http://alcaniglia.blogspot.com. He’s a Consular Officer in the embassy at the moment and a pretty good writer. He also wrote the feature post-of-the-month¬†article in¬†the April issue of¬†State Magazine, which was…ta da…Belize! http://digitaledition.state.gov/publication/?i=65768

Well, that oughta give you a good start on all things Belizean. Enjoy!

PS…for anyone who’s counting, I used the word “Belize” or a derivative of it 10¬†times in this post.

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