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Simple As Water – World Premiere Tribeca film festival NY

I am very grateful to have been the dop on this beautiful and heartbreaking movie.

Simple as Water is a soft-spoken meditation on love, displacement, and fracturing familial relations from Academy Award-winner Megan Mylan (Lost Boys of Sudan, Smile Pinki). From Turkey to Greece to Germany to the U.S., the bond of close relatives transcends borders for Syrian families impacted by the repercussions of perpetual war.

As a conflict at home forces separation and movement to unfamiliar ground, Mylan’s cinematic lens finds the powerful yet everyday acts of nurturing and kinship, travelling with her protagonists as they build a new sense of belonging. From brotherly protection, motherly love, and the playful guidance of a sibling, these closely observed scenes show touching stories of resilience and reveal ties that bind families together in the face of adversity.—Luke Moody


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The Gift

The Cape Town water crisis

 

The first chapters of “The Gift” that take place in five different locations in the world and focus on water shortage.
 
 
The Cape Town water crisis in South Africa was a period of severe water shortage in the Western Cape region, most notably affecting the City of Cape Town. While dam water levels had been declining since 2015, the Cape Town water crisis peaked during mid-2017 to mid-2018 when water levels hovered between 15 and 30 percent of total dam capacity.
 
In late 2017, there were first mentions of plans for “Day Zero”, a shorthand reference for the day when the water level of the major dams supplying the City fell below 13.5 percent.[1][2][3] “Day Zero” would herald the start of Level 7 water restrictions, when municipal water supplies would largely be switched off and residents would have to queue for their daily ration of water, making the City of Cape Town the first major city in the world to potentially run out of water.[4][5] The water crisis occurred at the same time as the still ongoing Eastern Cape drought located in a separate region nearby.
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The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Billions. Broadcast. U.K BBC 1 March

The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Billions

This investigative Storyville documentary takes us inside the dark and mysterious world of spies, special forces and political insiders as they race to find Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s billions in a dangerous treasure hunt.

In life, the Libyan leader ruled with an iron fist for 42 years and treated Libya’s wealth as his own. He died the richest man on the planet with a fortune of $150 billion. A dictatorial leader in life, the spell of Gaddafi’s money remained in place after his death, triggering a ruthless race to find his missing billions.

Two journalists pick up the trail of a mysterious $12.5 billion in cash, flown out of Libya in the dead of night just months before Gaddafi’s demise. In South Africa, they discover an eyewitness who seems to know all about the money. His testimony changes everything, but before he can provide them with proof the story takes a sinister twist, the first of many.

The journalists gain access to two rival teams hunting the money and chasing a huge payday. They criss-cross the world, following the rival hunters and seeking out the truth about the Gaddafi billions. There are deaths, a kidnapping and a major falling-out, not only between the teams but within the teams. The stakes are high for all the players in this secretive world.

As they gather more evidence, the two journalists realise that by delving into the African National Congress’s recent history, they may find a crucial lead to Gaddafi’s money. Will anyone get their hands on the cash and will it ever be returned to its rightful owners – the Libyan people? Or will they all destroy each other and themselves along the way?

 

Release date:

1 hour, 31 minutes

 

On TV

Next Monday22:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Eric Goaied
Interviewed Guest Johan Erasmus
Interviewed Guest Chad Thomas
Interviewed Guest Fanie Fondse
Interviewed Guest Tito Maleka
N/A Jackie Mphafudi
N/A Khaled Ibrahim
Director Misha Wessel
Director Thomas Blom
Production Company Brook Lapping Productions
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FEATURE | USA, SYRIA, TURKEY, GREECE, GERMANY | 97 MINUTES SIMPLE AS WATER

Documentary Competition
World Premiere
FEATURE | USA, SYRIA, TURKEY, GREECE, GERMANY | 97 MINUTES
SIMPLE AS WATER
Documentary
Simple as Water is a soft-spoken meditation on love, displacement, and fracturing familial relations from Academy Award-winner Megan Mylan (Lost Boys of Sudan, Smile Pinki). From Turkey to Greece to Germany to the U.S., the bond of close relatives transcends borders for Syrian families impacted by the repercussions of perpetual war.

As a conflict at home forces separation and movement to unfamiliar ground, Mylan’s cinematic lens finds the powerful yet everyday acts of nurturing and kinship, travelling with her protagonists as they build a new sense of belonging. From brotherly protection, motherly love, and the playful guidance of a sibling, these closely observed scenes show touching stories of resilience and reveal ties that bind families together in the face of adversity.—Luke Moody

CAST & CREDITS
Directed by Megan Mylan
Megan Mylan creates intimate observational documentaries on complex global issues. She won an Academy Award® for her film Smile Pinki and an Independent Spirit Award for Lost Boys of Sudan which was also short-listed for an Academy Award® and named a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

DIRECTOR
Megan Mylan
PRODUCER
Robin Hessman, Megan Mylan
CINEMATOGRAPHER
Lars Skree, Rafia Salameh, Michael Chin
COMPOSER
Hanan Townshend
EDITOR
Purcell Carson, Megan Mylan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Patty Quillin
CO-PRODUCER
Hazem Obid, Alaa Hassan, Oula Hassan, Zakia Aqra
SOUND
Skip Lievsay, Lidia Tamplenizza
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Susan Bay Nimoy, Barrie Landry
CONTACTS
PRESS CONTACT
Emilie Spiegel
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7979
Emilie@cineticmedia.com
PRESS CONTACT
Ryan Werner
Cinetic Marketing
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7983
ryan@cineticmedia.com
PRINT SOURCE
Robin Hessman
Principe Productions
New York, NY 11215
Phone: 212 749 1030
robin@principeproductions.org
INTERNATIONAL SALES CONTACT
Dana O’Keefe
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7979
sales@cineticmedia.com
US SALES CONTACT
Dana O’Keefe
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7979
sales@cineticmedia.com

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