Jan Zabeil

THE RIVER USED TO BE A MAN

A young German travels through an African country. He meets a fisherman who takes him on a ride with his logboat. He awakes alone after a trip on the river and spending the night in the bush. Attempts to handle the unfamiliar boat as well as the vastness of the water, the reed, the nature surrounding him lead to fear and despair. Being alone becomes being lonely – and there still is an unexpected responsibility awaiting him on this odyssey.Jan Zabeil`s first feature film accomplishes to tell a suspenseful story in a calm arthouse style.

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