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by Jan Zabeil


A young German travels through a country in Africa. He meets an old fisherman near a river, who takes him deep into the wilderness in his wooden boat. The next morning he finds himself alone in the middle of an endless delta. Here his intimate battle with death, his fears and perceptions of the outside world begins. After days of drifting through the wilderness, he arrives in a very isolated village, far away from civilization. But his odyssey is not over yet. 
His continuous loss of control leads him further into a world far beyond his own comprehension.

international title: The River Used to Be a Man
original title: Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch
country: Germany
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Jan Zabeil
film run: 80'
release date: ES 07/09/2012
screenplay: Jan Zabeil, Alexander Fehling
cast: Alexander Fehling
cinematography by: Jakub Bejnarowicz
film editing: Florian Mosge
producer: Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter, Jan Zabeil
production: Rohfilm GmbH
backing: German Federal Film Board (FFA)
distributor: Pirámide Films Distribución
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