Watch After Tomorrow for Free!

We’re letting the movie loose on the world. If you have a spare 53 minutes, the movie is now all yours to enjoy and share.

We’d like to thank those who have contributed financially towards viewing the movie in the past, but it’s now time for After Tomorrow to develop a life of its own.

Hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think.

Touf and Carl

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After Tomorrow Goes to Africa

With both of us now based in Africa (Carl in SA, Toufic in Namibia) it was only a matter of time before After Tomorrow would receive its African premiere.

The grand event took place on Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre in Windhoek.

Toufic was in attendance and reported that the place was jam-packed. It probably helped that he was interviewed on the radio earlier in the day to hype it up. The venue even had to bring in more chairs to accommodate everyone.

After the screening he was inundated with questions, and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. There even seems to be demand for an expansion of the story to cover the hard times the Bedouin are going through these days thanks to the tourism industry suffering in the Middle East.

Having watched the film countless times, we’ve both come to realise that we have an undiscovered gem on our hands. We never get bored of seeing it, and although it’s not for everyone, audiences do tend to take plenty away from it.

As such… we’ll be making a big announcement in a few days. Stay tuned…

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The full-page write-up in The Namibian

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Watch our documentary here!

Our documentary is finally available for the public to watch.

All we ask is to pay a small fee of your choice, we have left it blank so please feel free to contribute anything from £1 to £10 depending on your budget.

This amount will go towards submitting to more film festivals, marketing our documentary & spreading the message.

Type in the amount & click “update” & after the payment has gone through we will email you a link to the film via Youtube.

We would love your feedback in our comment box. Enjoy!

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We’re Doing It In Public

Our documentary was screened for the first time to the public last night in Bahrain. The ambassador of Jordan, Mr Mohammed Ali Suraj & his wife, attended the viewing, which was a full house.

In fact, it was so full that people requested a second viewing and by popular demand the film will be shown again on Saturday.

Toufic was there to represent the film and attend the Q&A. The feedback was extremely positive.

Mr & Mrs Suraj have asked for a copy of the film to show their friends & colleagues.

 

 

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We won Best Tourism Reportage prize at Silafest in Serbia!

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From the Desert to the Danube

Nice place for a festival

Nice place for a festival

After Tomorrow has been invited to a the Sila Fest Tourism and Ecology Film Festival. As you can see from the pic above, the setting is beautiful. Screenings take place on the Danube River, in a small Serbian town called Veliko Gradiste.

Carl is in town representing the film on his own as Toufic has other commitments, and on 1 September he was on stage to introduce the film. See below – Carl looking as comfortable as ever in the public eye!

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Carl on stage, nervously introducing the film

Sila stands for Silver Lake, a small resort town that hosts the guests. It’s a pretty beautiful spot!

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Silver sunset

Silver sunset

Most of the films at the festival are tourist ‘destination’ films – you know the type: the ones with glorious drone shots of mountains and beaches and gorgeous gorges and waterfalls. Films that sell the dream; that lure people in to new destinations.

In contrast, ‘After Tomorrow’ is a whole other beast. It’s almost an anti-tourism film: one that shows the reality behind the dream. Thankfully it’s had a very good reception from our fellow festival-goers and some of the public (the ones that understand English), and more great contacts and friendships have been made.

Prizes will be awarded on Friday night – wish us luck!

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On the Red Carpet

Tales from our recent adventures at the Tripoli Film Festival.

So there we were, walking down a red carpet, heads turning towards us, cameras pointing, microphones thrust under our noses. All very much in the public eye. It was great, it was terrifying, it was utterly alien.

But mostly great.

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Tripoli Was a Trip

And so we spent 8 days in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. We ate gigantic portions of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were welcomed and treated like gold by a fun, professional little team. We had drivers, a security detail, a translator, a cosy room in an old monastery. We were taken on cultural trips. We met Lebanese icons of film, old and new. And did I mention that we ate? My God…

Oh yes, and we watched some films.

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Film Festivals Live Up to their Name

Although the Tripoli Film Festival (TFF) was a small, humble affair, we still had plenty of movies to watch. By the end of the eighth and final day, we’d pretty much reached saturation point. Carl had to watch Horrible Bosses 2 on the flight back to South Africa, just to flush his mind out with nonsense after a week-long period of intense international dramas, comedies, documentaries.

You Schmooze You (don’t) Lose

Being Film Festival neophytes, we weren’t used to the schmooze aspect. If you’re ever invited to one of these things, take note. You need to network like there’s no (after) tomorrow.

One of our party was rather adept at this practice, and through observing him in action we picked up the ground rules:

  • Talk to everyone, especially the judges
  • Tell everyone that you want to make a documentary about them
  • Attend every event set-up by the organisers
  • Talk up your film at EVERY opportunity

Hey, it worked for him: he won a prize.

Winning Fans

So, no, After Tomorrow didn’t walk away with the Best Documentary prize, but we had our share of fans. One journalist interviewed us for an hour and a half, and wrote three full-page pieces for Arabic newspapers. Another critic bumped into Carl in Beirut and told him that we were robbed by not winning.

But as much as we had our fans, we also had some criticisms.

Everyone’s a Critic

After some time living in so-called Western culture, it felt good for us to be back amongst Arabs. As a rule, they’re are not shy, and we heard every opinion under the sun about how our film could’ve been better. “I loved the film, but I wouldn’t have done this, next time you should do that” was a common refrain. All quite unlike the rather restrained individuals you’d encounter in London or Jo’burg.

At the end though, all this bluntness did serve to strengthen our resolve. We believed more in our creative decisions. Because if you have to take everyone’s opinion into consideration, you’d never finish a thing. And then you wouldn’t be jetting off to cool places like Tripoli to attend a film festival.

So no regrets.

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