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A Film for IMAX® Theatres and Large Format Cinemas


History in the Making
The Nile First Descent Expedition


On Christmas day of 2003, Pasquale Scaturro and a team of explorers set out on an epic quest to become the first to complete a full descent of the world's greatest river, the Blue Nile and the Nile, from source to sea. Four months later, on April 28 at 7:01am, Pasquale and his expedition partner Gordon Brown, reached the mouth of the Nile at the Mediterranean Sea, becoming the first in history to complete this 3,250-mile journey.

Their amazing journey is the basis for an upcoming film for IMAX® theaters, Mystery of the Nile.

“What Pasquale and Gordon have accomplished is nothing short of miraculous,” said Greg MacGillivray, producer of “Mystery of the Nile.” “The Blue Nile is known as the Mt. Everest of rivers. Many explorers have tried to run the entire Nile, but all have failed. Our team had to overcome enormous hurdles—suicidal rapids, crocodile attacks, malaria, they’ve even been shot at by local bandits and arrested by the military. It reminds me of the almost insurmountable challenges our Everest film team faced in 1996. Their determination to reach their destination was truly remarkable. At a time when the turmoil in the Middle East dominates the news, theirs is an uplifting human-interest story of epic proportions—one that we hope will bring people of all cultures closer together.”

The team began its historic journey at the Nile’s source, the legendary Springs of Sakala high in the Ethiopian Highlands where the river is known as the Little Blue Nile. From there they succeeded in running the dangerous Northern and Black Gorges of Ethiopia, continuing on through the arid plains of Sudan to Khartoum where the Blue Nile merges with the White Nile to form the Nile proper, and on to the port cities of Egypt ending 3,250 miles later at Alexandria and the Mediterranean Sea.

“The Nile is the most magnificent river in the world,” said Scaturro. “It has rapids, waterfalls, jungle, canyons, deserts, hippos, crocs, long flat beautiful sections, huge beautiful sandbars. There is no other river in the world that can compare. And no other river in the world is as closely associated with a particular culture and society as is the Nile. Without the Nile there would be no Egypt, no pharaohs, no pyramids. The history of the western world is inextricably tied to the Nile.”

Mystery of the Nile tells the story of this emotional and historic expedition while also exploring the cultural and environmental links between the Ethiopian, Sudanese and Egyptian civilizations. Both a captivating human adventure and a serious in-depth look at this most fascinating yet little-known region, Mystery of the Nile promises another exciting and educational giant screen experience.

Co-produced by Orbita Max (Spain) and MacGillivray Freeman Films (USA)
Written and directed by Jordi Llompart
Produced by Jordi Llompart and Greg
Editor: Stephen Judson
Director of Photography: Reed Smoot

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