Director: Jennifer Peedom, Co-director Joseph Nezeti

Producers: Jo-anne McGowan, Jennifer Peedom and John Smithson

Written by: Robert Macfarlane


Rivers are the wondrous sculptors of the elaborate landscapes found on planet Earth. They wear away mighty mountains, scour rock faces, carve deep valleys, and create fertile plains and then decorate them with their meanderings.

Rivers are seen as a source of great hope and something to be worshipped. In others they are where people are healed and blessed, where sins are washed away and the dead purified.

Rivers are the arteries of the planet. Wherever they travel life forms can emerge, survive, perhaps flourish, including human life. The will of rivers determined our early destiny. They were the transport routes that enabled and nourished human spread and the boundaries between regions and countries. Just as rivers shaped the landscape, they have also shaped human existence.

Rivers are fundamental to human existence but are indifferent to human plans and dreams. In flood they can wreak havoc and in drought they can disappear. And so, extraordinary means have been devised to control them and harness their force.

Rivers are irrepressible and, given the chance, possess miraculous powers of recovery. Upon vanishing into oceans, the heat from the sun draws rivers up into the atmosphere ready to fall back to Earth reincarnated.