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A River Changes Course Reviews

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Daniel Walber
June 5, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 10, 2013
Kalyanee Mam's documentary feature reveals the anguishing sense of loss behind a profusion of ravishingly beautiful images.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2013
Mam's camera work is exquisite in its immediacy and agility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
October 4, 2013
Deeply compassionate and artistically realized study of the Cambodian poor by a Cambodian. Remarkable testimony to the power of committed film-making.
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2013
A delicate documentary about a way of life that's slowly disappearing, yet gives way to nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicole Herrington
New York Times
October 3, 2013
Instead of delving into the politics of their plight, Ms. Mam delivers a universal story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
The Dissolve
October 3, 2013
A River Changes Course captures their struggle with an ethnographic gaze that generally maintains enough detachment to avoid excessive, judgmental handwringing and heartstring-tugging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
For the most part, the narrative here feels generational, representative, rather than invested in the specific incidents of specific lives.
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