DVD: Jungle Rudy


Buy Now


JungleRudy_packshot  From: $2.99
 Vimeo On Demand
Rental Period: 1 week

 Price: $19.00
 DVD (Home use)
 Price: $99.00
 DVD (Institutional use)


In 1928, Rudolf Truffino was born as the third son of a banker in The Hague of Italian origin. The boy grows up in what was unprecedented luxury at that time, but at the moment he is asked to follow in his father’s footsteps, Rudy turns his back on everything and everyone. Rudy wants to go away. Away from the life that had been prepared for him and to the Venezuelan jungle.Rudy puts places on the map where no man had ever been before, guides scientific expeditions and discovers new plant and animal species. While he wanders around, his father writes him bitter letters. Rudy becomes a well-known person under the name ‘Jungle Rudy’ and starts a family in the middle of the jungle. He receives celebrity guests at his camp, ‘Ucaima’, such as Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Prince Charles, the Canadian president Trudeau, film director Werner Herzog, astronaut Neil Armstrong and empress Farah Dibah.More than ten years after ‘Jungle Rudy’ died in solitude in his hammock, his daughters still wonder what to do. The camp still exists. Should they continue the dream of their legendary father or should they return to civilization?Jungle Rudy was awarded a Golden Calf for Best Editing during the Netherlands Film Festival 2006. In May 2007 it was awarded the second prize for Best Feature Length Documentary at Documenta Madrid (Spain).


Director: Rob Smits
Scenario: Stefanie de Brouwer
Producer: Submarine
Co-producer: NPS
Release: 2006
Length: 55 minutes/ 85 minutes