• Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God

Curse of the Monkey God

An expedition to unlock the secrets behind the lost city of Ciudad Blanca.

About the film

For centuries, Hondurans have passed down the story of La Ciudad Blanca, the lost white city, rumored to be more opulent than any Spanish Conquistador had ever found.

In 1994, amateur explorer Steve Elkins set out to determine if there was any truth behind the great legend. In 2011, Steve was joined by documentary filmmaker Bill Benenson, and together they assembled the world’s foremost specialists in LIDAR mapping to scan the impenetrable La Mosquitia jungle. What they unearthed exceeded their wildest expectations, but what the jungle unleashed, in turn, was more debilitating than any of them had bargained for. Was this the CURSE OF THE MONKEY GOD?

To see the CBS This Morning feature story on the expedition, click here

For the latest New Yorker article and video on the expedition, click here

For further inquiries, you can contact us at info@benensonproductions.com

Film Credits

  • Producer/DirectorBill Benenson
  • Co-DirectorSteve Elkins
  • Executive ProducerLaurie Benenson
  • Director of PhotographyLucian Read
  • EditorSam Lee

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  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God
  • Curse of the Monkey God