DRAMATIC, powerful and entrancing, these images give a bird’s-eye view of one of humanity’s most valuable resources. They are taken from River, a new nature documentary directed by Jennifer Peedom. The movie includes drone footage and draws on modern filming techniques, such as the use of satellites, to capture the scale and intricacy of rivers in 39 countries across six continents.
Though rivers make up only about 1 per cent of the world’s surface freshwater, they are critical sources of drinking water and food for countless people. Rivers are also biodiverse ecosystems that play vital roles in distributing nutrients and draining surface water. Yet they are increasingly at risk from pollution, damming and biodiversity loss, making the need to protect them all the more urgent.
The images show: North America’s Susquehanna river as it cuts through agricultural land in Pennsylvania, taken from the International Space Station; glacial outflows in Iceland captured by photographer Chris Burkard; an abandoned fishing boat sitting in the mudflats of the Colorado river delta, an area under threat from drought and climate change; and, finally, a double meander of the Colorado river in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
River is screening in selected cinemas and available to watch on demand at river.film.