Thursday, January 24 2013, 12:29 PM MST
Sundance Review: A River Changes Course
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: Kalyanee Mam
Category World: Documentary
Recommended to: Those looking for a blueprint on how to make a subtle documentary that doesnt need to force its message down its audiences throats.
Director Kalyanee Mams debut feature film is a beautiful journey into Cambodias ever-shifting economy. A River Changes Course simply shows what life in rural Cambodia is like today and examines some of the issues that are impacting its society. There isnt a narrator telling you what to feel or what issues you should be outraged by. It simply provides a window into a place most of us have never been to. It informs and trusts the audience to come to their own conclusions. Trust is a rare thing in the documentary genre and when it is paired with gorgeous cinematography and intelligent editing, as it is here, the results speak for themselves.
-Ryan Michael Painter
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