This film focuses on curiosity and fear felt by a person in an unfamiliar place. A young man from Germany arrives at an African village. He is an actor, but that does not mean anything to the people living there. Stepping away from his job, he now starts a journey of finding his realself. He meets an old fisherman at a nearby river and sails along the river in the old man’s boat. This fantasy-like journey turns into the reality with unforeseeable difficulties. The next morning, the young man awakes to find the fisherman gone. Through this unexpected event that occurs in an unknown place, The River Used to Be a Man talks about the universal nature of human beings - fear about things we do not know. There have been many art works that depict odysseys in which protagonists enter an external world alone and mature themselves. But this film does not romanticize the young man’s adventure as an initiation story. After struggling through the wild, the young man arrives at a distant village and listens to stories about how people die and live an afterlife. By using hand-held camera moving close to the young man, the film captures the endless fear that a foreigner has to experience. It puts more focus on the mood and tone than on narration, and the entire sound of the film consists of the natural sounds.
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