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The Impossible River Journey – screenings

September 21, 2010
Helge and Joseph

Helge Hjelland wants to cross South Africa by an inflammable canoe.

The Impossible River Journey

Premiere in Oslo the 21th of May and in Bergen on the 8th of June.

Screening at Film Festivals:

10-12 September – screening at FJELLFILMFESTIVALEN (already sold out).

8-10 October – The film is nominated to the IV Ahmed Attia’s Award for the Dialogue of Cultures at Medimed in Sitges, Spain.

20-27 October – Screening at Bergen International Film Festival.

6-13 November – in competition for the main WT Award at WT Festivalen.

Director and Producer will be present at Nordic Panorama (september), MEDIMED (october) and at Bergen International Film Festival.

Check Pilot:

The adventurer Helge Hjelland has set out to cross the african continent by canoe.

Along his journey Helge picks up Joseph, an illegal refugee from South Sudan without any identity papers. Together they become partners in a journey through a South Africa – still struggling to get out of its shadow from apartheid.

In this expedition Helge will need all his social skills to navigate between the poor refugees whom escaped from white landlords in Lesotho, and the dominating white population in the Orange Free State.

It is a film about the diverse meetings through the African continent. A portrait of the best and worst in human kind. And it is also a refugee story, set in a country still struggling with its heritage from apartheid.

Geography: Far up in the Drakensberg Mountains is the source of the longest river in South Africa, the powerful Orange River, which stretches through the desert and into the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Towards the east the Tugela River tumbles down the worlds second largest waterfall, the Tugela Falls, towards the crocodiles in the tropic forests underneath and into the Indian Ocean.

Together the two rivers divide the African continent with its spectacular beauty. But the rivers do not only offer a varied nature. They also run through the varied and complex heritage and culture of South Africa.

The documentary series made it to the TV2 news in this clip (sorry only in Norwegian).

The documentary film will be screened at TV2 in Norway and DR in Denmark. It had it’s premiere just in time for the World Cup in Football in South Africa.

Title: The Impossible River Journey / Den umulige reisen (Norwegian)
Type: Documentary mini-series.
Producer & Director: Arild Mehn-Andersen
D.O.P: Helge Hjelland
Editor: Torkel Gjørv
Screenplay: Arild Mehn-Andersen
Composer: Eugene Guribye
Animations: New Man’s Land – Joel Toledo & Daniel Moreno
Color Grading & Mastering: Frø Film og Media – Paulo Chavarría
Sound: Pål Terje Nygård
Promotion and media: Monica Larsson
Production leader TV 2 AS: Vebjørn Hagen
Financed by: West Norwegian Film Centre, South Norwegian Film Centre, TV 2 AS, AMEHN production.
Production company: AMEHN production

Country of origin: Norway
Length: 2 * 46 min.

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