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Mystery of the Nile [HD DVD]

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Join a team of explorers on the expedition of a lifetime as they set off to become the first to navigate the Blue Nile from source to sea. The epic 3,260 mile descent down the world's greatest and deadliest river has eluded humankind for centuries - until now! Ride shotgun on the team's 16-foot rafts as they crash through the rapids in Ethiopia's desert canyons. Battle through some of the world's most extreme whitewater rapids with renowned kayaker, Gordon Brown. Over the arduous, four month journey, the team faces nearly in-surmountable challenges - from crocodile attacks to armed bandits and arrests. Through breathtaking cinematography, Mystery of the Nile) reveals a wondrous region and abundant treasures, from Tissisat Falls and the wonders of Egypt to the forgotten black pyramids of Meroe and 12th century churches that were carved into sheer rock.

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  • Actors: Gordon Brown, Joe Lewis
  • Directors: Jordi Llompart
  • Writers: Jordi Llompart, Denis Delestrac
  • Producers: Jordi Llompart, Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000X73NBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery of the Nile [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Waleed Farea Mahdi on May 8, 2007
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A four-month-expedition, led by the American geophysicist Pasquale Scaturro, is planned to explore 3000 miles, the entire length of the Nile River from its Blue Nile source high in the mountains of Ethiopia to the Mediterranean Sea, passing through Sudan and Egypt. The expedition is challenging as "many deadly crocodiles and hippos, dangerous bandits ("shifta"), giant rapids and local political upheavals" are awaiting. Mystery of the Nile, an IMAX® theaters film, records this expedition. It is, however, another example of how westerners, in their pursuit to unveil the mystery of Africa, tend to exercise unquestionable authority that results in either misrepresentations or conformity with pre-established stereotypes or both. It is a legacy claimed by the Americans to inherit from their European ancestors in exploring Africa, the Land of Mystery.

The film starts screening Sir Richard Burton's words in capital letters "THE GLADDEST MOMENT IN HUMAN LIFE METHINKS, IS A DEPARTURE INTO UNKNOWN LANDS" - a statement that has inspired many Westerners, Scaturro is one of them, to be obsessed with exploring the unexplorable. Scaturro is excited and expresses his zeal to attempt the first descend in history of the mightiest river, The Blue Nile, so that he can provide an answer for the question that has puzzled the Egyptian farmers who, as he puts it, "every year watched the river and wondered: where is all this water come from?!"

The Europeans have always associated the image of darkness with Africa and the image of light with themselves. Americans in this film are perceived to hold the same attitude of their European predecessors.
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