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Okavango: River of Dreams (Opening Night Selection)

AWARD WINNER: Shared Earth Foundation Award for Advocacy 


The Okavango in Southern Africa’s Botswana is one of the greatest rivers on Earth. It starts in the mountains of Angola, but unlike normal rivers, its waters don’t run toward the ocean. Instead, the Okavango flows inland through Angola and into Botswana — only to vanish completely in the Kalahari desert, after a journey of 1,500 kilometers. Lions and leopards, elephants and hippos, warthogs and crocodiles, painted dogs, bush babies, and many more, all thrive and survive here. Filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert have created an utterly breathtaking example of visual storytelling with rich clarity. Each dazzling closeup of the exotic flora and fauna is truly remarkable, as is the narration by Dereck Joubert himself, accompanying the stunning images.


Followed by a post-screening discussion with filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Dereck and Beverly Joubert, moderated by Alex Moen (Vice President, Explorer Programs, National Geographic Society)


The Festival’s Opening Night Reception will follow the screening and discussion