River of Dreams (Director's Cut)

Drawing on Dante’s “Divine Comedy”, the story is told as a journey from Purgatory into Paradise, a quest for truth, for the soul of this river, the Okavango in Botswana, seeing those who use her, as well as those who are victim to the changes she brings, used by her. Floods rise up and transport trillions of liters of water, and yet, each droplet makes a difference. There are characters like Feeketsa, a wounded lioness that makes it against all odds and becomes a kind of talisman for the tale, a symbol of hope through hardship. The film is like looking through windows into stories and then moving on, until we reveal that each story binds us to the next, and to the river herself. It is also a symbol of hope against a backdrop of climate change that threatens every pristine landscape in the world.

In the 94 min. director's cut version the film has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. As a three-part mini-series with an episode length of 52 minutes, it was premiered on PBS in October 2019. The mini-series can be watched at the top for a fee.

Director(s): Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert
Script: Dereck Joubert
Production: Terra Mater Factual Studios, Ivo Filatsch, Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert, Wildlife Films
Music: JB Arthur, Sarah Class
Actors: Dereck Joubert
Year: 2019
Duration: 94 min
Our age recommendation: 13
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: Botswana
  • This film can be watched for a fee at the top.


Main topic(s): Planet Earth Water
Secondary topics: africa biodiversity wilderness wildlife
Mentions: Okavango river delta lion flood birds crocodile elephant catfish antelope termites hyena lechwe waterbuck leopard Kalahari desert buffalo hippo warthog
Topic Page(s): Planet Earth Water

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