Himalayan River Adventure to Play Free on Rocky Mountain PBS and Stream Online
An adventure documentary filmed on Bhutan’s wildest river is poised to release to the world on Sunday morning, January 8. The film features Karma “Good Karma” Tshering leading a team of Bhutanese river guides and international anglers on an expedition across this remote mountainous kingdom. Spending eight days in rafts and kayaks on the largely unexplored Drangme River, the team pursued an elusive endangered fish, the golden mahseer. As a first-ever flyfishing descent of the Drangme, the trek required permission from Bhutan’s king. Tshering’s mission was to make a case for keeping at least one of his country’s rivers wild and free, in the face of urgent pressure for Bhutan to dam every river.
Director Greg I. Hamilton, whose first film played Sundance and 20 other film festivals, says: “Power of the River was an opportunity to take audiences into a culture we know so very little about— and off the map to a place that is a sanctuary for numerous endangered species.”
Sundance founder Robert Redford called Power of the River “a cinematic adventure into the heart of wilderness.” He added that the film “captures the connection between people and the rivers that are our lifeblood.”
The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is perhaps most famous for its concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), as coined by its king in 1972. That same king made an ambitious commitment to keep 60 percent of his country’s land protected forever. His pledge, far more ambitious than any other country today, is what drew the crew to the project. “Film is a powerful medium for spreading wisdom and Bhutan’s commitment to protecting nature benefits everyone on the planet, Hamilton explains. “And the timing is epic: Bhutan just reopened to tourism after two-and-a-half years of closed borders due to Covid. Our expedition to the Drangme River helped set in motion this year’s brand-new legislation that will usher in a new industry of conservation-minded angling tourism led by Bhutanese guides. Already an A-list dream destination for the adventurous, Bhutan is now a model of traveler’s philanthropy.”
View the film’s trailer here.
The film has played at eight festivals including the International Wildlife Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. It features an original soundtrack by Stefan Smulovitz and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn’s song “What’cha Gonna Do,” from their Grammy-winning album. That song will release December 9, 2022 as a music video featuring four minutes of footage from the film: tune in on YouTube here. One month later the film itself will be free to view across the world through public television and online streaming:
Worldwide Broadcast Premiere!
POWER OF THE RIVER: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 on Rocky Mountain PBS, YouTube, Vimeo, and MTN-TV
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About POWER OF THE RIVER – In the last Himalayan kingdom, a man named “Good Karma” guides an expedition to keep his country’s mightiest river wild and free. Join Karma’s international team of adventurers on their quest through Class IV+ whitewater in pursuit of an elusive fish of kings. PowerOfTheRiverMovie.com
Free Sun 1/8 see the film Robert Redford called: “A cinematic adventure into the heart of wilderness” PowerOfTheRiverMovie.com
Plan your watch party for Power of the River!
Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan is finally ready for worldwide release. We have a date, we have multiple platforms where the film will be available free to watch, including Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), YouTube, Vimeo, and more. This has been an almost 10-year labor of love that will soon be worth all the effort and expense.
Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan
Worldwide premiere: free to watch everywhere Sunday, January 8!
On Rocky Mountain PBS and streaming 24/7 online through multiple platforms.
Sign up for a reminder and learn more at PowerOfTheRiverMovie.com