Two pieces of news:
1. Though I Know the River Is Dry has been selected for the international competition at Clermont-Ferrand, the most important short film festival in the world.
2. We are going to start a staggered release of the film online. So from Sunday it will be available to rent in countries from Pakistan to South Africa. We will roll it out to other parts of the world over 2014. For everyone that supported the film, thank you again for everything - you'll be getting an access code in a separate email today.
The vimeo VOD page is live here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/river
"At the beating heart of Though I Know the River is Dry is a complete dismantling of an old, accepted truth..."
A personal, moving, beautifully written review of the film by Ayman Farag:
We just won Best Short from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. So thank you again everyone who contributed and made this film possible.
By now you should have all received a DVD and a link to the film. If you haven't had either, please let me know (though it probably also means these updates are going into your spam folder).
And if you still want to see it on the big screen, these are the screenings lined up for November.
10/11/13 - Latinarab Film Festival
16/11/13 - Al Kasaba Short Film Week
08/11/13 - Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo
17/11/13 - Bilbao Zinebi 55
19/11/13 - Izmir Short Film Festival
So 150 DVDs finally went out in the mail this weekend! Although DVDs are practically obsolete it felt important to send out something physical as a small thanks.
However, to remaster the film's image to play perfectly on a DVD would have been an unaffordable outlay, so we made Data DVDs which will most likely only work on your computer. It will play on all operating systems. The bonus is that you also get a couple of still images and, yes, a desktop wallpaper.
If we know each other in real life and you live in Cairo or London you'll be getting yours hand-delivered soon.
In other news, we have screenings coming up in Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Palestine and Spain next month and the best way to keep up to date with the touring programme is, I'm sorry to say it, to like us on Facebook.
1. The Electronic Intifada have just published a very good review of the film.
2. We have three screenings coming up this weekend:
Most excitingly, there will be a free screening this Sunday night in London, at the pop-up cinema on the roof of the Peckham Mutli-Storey Car Park. We'll be presenting the film alongside three short documentaries by the Mosireen Collective as part of a summer season curated by Africa is a Film. Tickets are free.