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London River

DVD Release: 3/6/2012

  • Grades: 9-12
  • College/University
  • Adult
  • Religious Differences
  • Law Enforcement
  • Missing Persons
  • Terrorism

london river

  • Length: 88 min
  • Director: Rachid Bouchareb
  • Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan

Set against the backdrop of the July 7th terrorist attacks in 2005, LONDON RIVER follows Elizabeth (BAFTA winner, Academy Award® nominee Brenda Blethyn) from a small farming community in Guernsey as she travels to London in the immediate aftermath of the bombings after failing to hear from her daughter. Elizabeth is disturbed by the confusion of the metropolis and above all, by the predominantly Muslim neighborhood where her daughter lived. Her fear and prejudice escalate when she discovers her daughter was converting to Islam as she keeps crossing paths with Ousmane (Berlin's Silver Bear winner, Sotigui Kouyaté), a West African who has come from France to find his missing son. Although they come from very different backgrounds, Elizabeth and Ousmane share the same hope of finding their children alive. Putting aside their cultural differences, they give each other the strength to continue the search and maintain their faith in humanity.

  • DVD UPC: 881394112322
  • CLS Catalog: CLS1123
"Two strongly divergent yet equally stirring performances anchor LONDON RIVER, an intimate drama set against the 2005 London Underground and bus bombings that killed more than 50 people."
Los Angeles Times
"In what is essentially an actor's film, Blethyn in particular carves out a character who is incredibly authentic..."
Sight and Sound
"French director Rachid Bouchareb brings intelligence and humanity to this story of two lonely people trying to cling to hope."
Uncut - 4 stars out of 5
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dvd extras

Extended Interviews, Director Interview, Featurettes, Photo Gallery

awards, festivals, and screenings
  • Arrêts Sur Images - Brussels, Belgium (2007)
  • Rwanda Film Festival - Kigali, Rwanda (2007)
  • Montreal Human Rights Film Festival - Montreal, Canada (2007)
  • Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - Greenfield, MA (2007)
  • Human Rights Film Festival - Gaborone, Botswana (2007)
  • Seattle Amnesty International Film Festival – Seattle, WA (2007)
  • Terres des Hommes - Cognac & Angouleme, France (2007)
  • Global Justice Film Festival - Bradford, UK (2007)
  • 7 Islands International Film Festival - Mumbai, India (2007)
  • Karachi International Film Festival - Karachi, Pakistan (2006)
  • Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2006)
  • Global Visions Film Festival - Alberta, Canada (2006)
  • International Human Rights Documentary Festival - Glasgow, Scotland (2006)
  • Amnesty International Film Festival - Toronto, Canada (2006)
  • Museum of Television and Radio Documentary Festival - New York, NY (2006)
  • 2006 New Hampshire Film Expo - Portsmouth, NH (2006)
  • Vermont International Film Festival - Burlington, VT (2006)
  • Calgary International Film Festival – Calgary & Alberta, Canada (2006)
  • TriContinental Film Festival – South Africa (2006)
  • Yerevan International Golden Apricot Film Festival - Armenia (2006)
  • Southside Film Festival - Bethlehem, PA (2006)
  • Norwegian Documentary Film Festival - Volda, Norway (2006)
  • New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival - New Orleans, LA (2006)
  • Human Rights Film Festival of Paris - Paris, France (2006)
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ann Arbor, MI (2006)
  • Westchester International Film Festival - Westchester, NY (2006)