Item - BEYOND THE RIVER

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BEYOND THE RIVER

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  • 2017 (Creation)

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107 mins
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Director: Craig Freimond: South Africa, 2017
Producer: Robbie Thorpe, Harriet Gavshon and Ronnie Apteker for Heartlines in association with Quizzical Pictures [and 5 others]; distributed by SterKinekor Entertainment
Writer: Craig Freimond and Robbie
Language: English and Zulu with English subtitles.
Genre: Feaure film
The film is inspired by the true story of Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks who won gold in the 2014 Dusi Marathon. Duma is a talented young man who feels trapped by his surroundings and finds himself on the wrong side of the law. After a near miss with the cops, he finds an escape in the world of canoeing, an old passion of his. Steve is a nine-time Dusi gold medalist whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. His passion for the sport is fueled by his wanting to escape from something in his past that continues to haunt him. Through a series of unexpected events, the two men find themselves attempting the three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon as a doubles pair. But there are a few things they must overcome, not least of which are the completely different worlds from which they come. They realise that the dream they both desperately desire requires them to work together, both in the boat and beyond the river. The beautifully shot film showcases some of South Africa’s spectacular KwaZulu-Natal landscapes. Cast: Lemogang Tsipa, Grant Swanby, Isreal Sipho Matseke Zulu, Emily Child, Garth Breytenbach. Special features include behind scenes (12 min.); Going beyond the river: the transformation of canoeing (26 min.)

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