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A haunting documentary that asks urgent questions in this age of extinction crisis.
Vividly photographed by René Diaz and adroitly edited by Dan Swietlik, "A River Below" skillfully - and quite compellingly - navigates the murky complexities of contemporary reality filmmaking.
The truth turns into a tangled mess in "A River Below," a bold and urgent documentary whose seemingly straightforward story quickly runs awry.
Díaz's sublime cinematography and the way Grieco teases out the knotty narrative make for a haunting exploration of an ethical morass, where vilification is easy, but deconstructing power much more difficult.
"A River Below" details the good and bad of modern media activism, with answers about the best way forward as scarce as the disappearing pink river dolphin itself.
Challenging, provocative and fascinating as it questions how media activism affects social change.
Bearing witness to the torture and/or killing of ... animals is a particularly oppressive task, yet must be done.
Exploring the consequences of well-intentioned actions and providing a sense of the much bigger picture transforms A River Below into an unexpectedly compelling proposition.
The film's moral argument sets it apart from films like Blackfish - this is more or less an investigation into an investigation.
There are plenty of documentaries about activism. But documentaries about the consequences of activism are few and far between. Of these, Mark Grieco's A River Below is one of the best in recent memory.
[It] is pure investigative journalism. It trusts no one and questions every side of the story -- even the possible coercion of illegal activities by one of its stars while those he coerced have threatened to shoot him in the head if he ever turns up again
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