Deep in the heart of Africa the Zambezi, which means “Great River”, is one of the great rivers of the world. Its path cuts through southern Africa. Yet apart from the Victoria Falls most of it is unknown.
The Zambezi tells us in two parts the full story of its journey and the life that the river controls from the source in Zambia to the delta in Mozambique. The Festival presents Zambezi - Source of Life, the first part of this visually stunning two part series that follows the river from its headwaters to the thundering power of the Victoria Falls.
As the river ebbs and flows with the season, the Zambezi dominates the life of both the wild animals and the human cultures that depend upon its waters. The documentary shows the river through the times of rain and plenty to the dry months when its waters are the only source of life. Even though mankind now exploits its power, the Zambezi remains wild as are the creatures that depend upon its water for life.
From its gentle start in the uplands of Zambia, the Zambezi trickles south growing in power. Ancient rocks dictate its course as it thunders over the lip of the Victoria Falls: the waters of the Zambezi have travelled some thirteen hundred kilometers. At its delta the freshwater blends with the salt of the ocean. The long journey of this river mirrors life itself: the story of the Zambezi is the story of Africa.