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Beyond The River

Completed (2017)

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Set in post-Apartheid South Africa, BEYOND THE RIVER, tells the true story of two men, separated by everything except their determination to win gold in one of the world’s toughest river races: the Dusi Canoe Marathon. One man yearns to escape the grinding poverty of township life, the other, a former champion canoe racer, struggles in the aftermath of tragedy. Only by pulling together they can triumph over adversity in this nail-biting and inspiring adventure.


Grant Swanby (Invictus, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Lemogang Tsipa (Eye In The Sky, Troy: Fall of a City)

Garth Breytenbach (Troy: Fall of a City, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Writer & Director: Craig Freimond


  • Busan International Film Festival 2017: World Cinema

  • Talinn Black Nights Film Festival 2017: Panorama

  • Toronto Black International Film Festival 2018

  • Toronto South African Film Festival 2018 

  • Sonoma International Film Festival 2018

  • British Urban Film Festival 2018

  • Montreal Black Film Festival 2018

  • Ridgefield Independent Film Festival 2018


South African Film and Television Awards 2018

  • Best Feature Film

  • Best Achievement in Editing (Feature Film)

  • Best Actor (Grant Swanby)

Simon Sabela Film and Television Awards 2018

  • Best Film


Vancouver South African Film Festival 2018: People's Choice

South African Film And Television Awards 2018: Best Achievement in Cinematography (Feature Film)

Simon Sabela Film and Television Awards 2018: Best Actor (Grant Swanby), Best Use of KZN as a location

BRICS Awards 2018: Best Actor (Lemogang Tsipa)

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