|Though I Know the River is Dry|
|Directed by||Omar Robert Hamilton|
|Produced by||Louis Lewarne|
|Written by||Omar Robert Hamilton|
|Cinematography||Omar Robert Hamilton|
|Edited by||Omar Robert Hamilton|
|Country||Palestine, Egypt, United Kingdom, Qatar|
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 .
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