The Long Today
Director Niobe Thompson’s father turned 70 last summer. To celebrate the big day, he found a river on a map, repaired one of his old wood canoes, and invited the whole family along on a challenging river adventure. Only a few of them showed up.

Director and Producer: Niobe Thompson

Duration: 17:49

Watch this film in the Rivers Program


Director Biography - Niobe Thompson

D82993e022 headshotNiobe Thompson was raised in the northern Canadian Cree community of Wabasca, in a family of traditional wood canoe builders. A wildfire firefighter, paddler and filmmaker, he finished doctoral studies in anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and spent two years living in Arctic Russia researching the fate of settlers abandoned by the collapse of the Soviet state. Niobe returned to Canada to make science, nature and adventure documentaries, developing a unique style Canada’s Globe & Mail calls “indescribable, but brilliant.”

 Niobe received his second Emmy nomination in 2019, after winning the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Three-time winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Science & Nature Documentary, his 2019 miniseries Equus - Story of the Horse received more national screen awards than any other Canadian documentary of its year. Niobe has served on the jury of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and his two films Boy Nomad and Fast Horse were selected for the World Tour in 2018.