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Between Two Rivers (Nick Jordan / Jacob Cartwright, UK 2012, 96 mins) + directors Q&A
Wed 9 Jan 18:30 Riverside Studios
BETWEEN TWO RIVERS is a new documentary film about Cairo, Illinois, a historic town with a dark and troubled past, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, where the North meets the South in the heartland of America. Filmed, edited and directed by artists Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan, BETWEEN TWO RIVERS offers a remarkable insight into a community struggling with severe economic, social and environmental pressures. The cityâ€™s tumultuous past against the backdrop of the latest crisis to afflict the community: the record-breaking floods of spring 2011, when the rising Ohio and Mississippi rivers threatened to destroy the town. With lyrical and striking contrasts between the past and present, the film explores the multiple factors that have led to city’s rise and fall, from booming river-trade and juke-joints to mob-lynchings and race riots which tore apart the community. Once renowned for its wealth and fine architecture, Cairo today has countless derelict homes, abandoned businesses and empty lots, which nature is steadily encroaching upon and reclaiming.
Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A