A River Changes Course (2013)



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Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance, A River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them. (c) Official Site

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Kalyanee Mam's documentary feature reveals the anguishing sense of loss behind a profusion of ravishingly beautiful images.

Oct 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Mam's camera work is exquisite in its immediacy and agility.

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Instead of delving into the politics of their plight, Ms. Mam delivers a universal story.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

For the most part, the narrative here feels generational, representative, rather than invested in the specific incidents of specific lives.

Oct 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Mam's skill with a camera alone is something to watch for in the future, and the plural storytelling in this film could be a sign of very interesting things to come.

Jun 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Deeply compassionate and artistically realized study of the Cambodian poor by a Cambodian. Remarkable testimony to the power of committed film-making.

Oct 4, 2013 | Full Review…

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