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Jennifer Peedom
Screening time  
08.04. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 1 Ticket

River doesn’t fit into any of the usual film or documentary boxes in style or form or genre. It is an orchestral concert film, an extraordinary cinematic experience, an ode to the natural word and a retelling of the history of both rivers and human civilisation. Rivers are the arteries of the planet. Wherever they travel life forms can emerge, survive, perhaps flourish. Just as rivers shaped the landscape, they have also shaped human existence. River takes us on a journey through space and time; spanning six continents, and drawing on extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellite filming, the film shows rivers from 39 countries on scales and from perspectives never seen before.


Jennifer Peedom

Jennifer Peedom is well known as a writer and director of gripping non-fiction films, including Sherpa, which was nominated for a BAFTA Award for best documentary in 2016 and won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Feature at the London Film Festival. She is now moving into drama with companion piece Tenzing, which is on the Netflix slate of Higher Ground Productions, the company belonging to former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Jen was on Mt Everest in 2014 making Sherpa from the point of view of the Sherpa people when 16 Sherpa guides were killed in an avalanche. The new film is the true story of Tenzing Norgay, the man who first reached the summit of Everest, along with Sir Edmund Hillary. Jen’s other credits include Mountain (ZagrebDox 2018), the precursor to River, Miracle On Everest, Living The End and Solo (ZagrebDox 2009), which played in several major documentary festivals including IDFA and Sheffield and won numerous awards. She has been Managing Director of IF Media, publishers of IF Magazine and producers of the IF Awards was New South Wales Young Businesswoman of the Year in 2003 and was inaugural recipient of the David & Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship in 2010.

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2021, 75'

Directed by:
Jennifer Peedom

Screenplay by:
Jennifer Peedom, Robert Macfarlane, Joseph Nizeti

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Ben Knight, Sherpas Cinema, Renan Ozturk, Pete McBride

Edited by:
Simon Njoo

William Barton, Piers Burbrook de Vere

Jo-anne McGowan, Jennifer Peedom, John Smithson

Produced by:
Stranger Than Fiction Films

Festivals & Awards:

Telluride FF (2021)
Bergen IFF (2021)
Kendal Mountain FF (2021)
Melbourne IFF (2021)
Sedona IFF (2022)


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