Though I Know the River Is Dry

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Though I Know the River is Dry
Directed byOmar Robert Hamilton
Written byOmar Robert Hamilton
Produced byLouis Lewarne
Starring Kais Nashef
CinematographyOmar Robert Hamilton
Edited byOmar Robert Hamilton
Release date
  • 2013 (2013)
Running time
19 minutes
CountriesPalestine, Egypt, United Kingdom, Qatar
LanguageArabic

Though I Know the River is Dry (Arabic: مع آني آعرف آن النهر قد جف) is a 2013 Palestinian short crowd-sourced film directed by Egyptian-British filmmaker and writer Omar Robert Hamilton . [1]

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Synopsis

The film tells the story of a man's return to Palestine years after making a decision to emigrate to America. The story is told through parallel timelines, interweaved with archival footage.

Critical reception

The film premiered in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam where it won the Prix UIP and the festival's nomination for Best Short Film at the 2013 European Film Awards. The competition jury stated that "the film is remarkable in the way it connects contemporary political issues with emotional dilemmas. Its cinematographic language builds on the qualities of the photographic composition, the direction of the actors and the subtle and intelligent use of archival material. The result embodies a poetic and restrained approach to questions which unfortunately are becoming more and more commonplace. In a particularly undogmatic manner, it offers multiple readings, while simultaneously sharply addressing historical, political and economical realities. [2]

It won Best Short from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in November 2013. It has been widely well reviewed. [3]

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References

  1. "Bio - Omar Robert Hamilton".
  2. "Short films awarded". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  3. Collected Reviews [ dead link ]
  4. "Though I Know the River Is Dry". Doha Film Institute.