A River Changes Course

New England Premiere

Thursday, April 11th, 7:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verite style, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam, spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt. A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A River Changes Course traces a remarkable and devastatingly beautiful story of a country torn between the rural present and an ominous industrial future.

Followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Kalyanee Mam, Ben Kiernan, and Youk Chhang, moderated by Roger Cohn

About the Filmmaker

Having escaped war-torn Cambodia in 1979, lawyer-turned-filmmaker Kalyanee Mam (Yale College '99) seeks to combine human rights and law in creating documentaries that are both captivating and inspiring. Mam’s past work includes the 2011 Academy Award-winning documentary about the global financial crisis, Inside Job, where she served as cinematographer, associate producer, and researcher, and her first documentary short, "Between Earth & Sky." She directed, produced, and shot this film, which follows the hopes and struggles of three young Iraqi refugees.

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Thursday, April 11th, 7:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St


Genre: Documentary
Year: 2013
Running Time: 83 min.

Website: ariverchangescourse.com

Director: Kalyanee Mam (Yale College '99)
Producers: Ratanak Leng, Kalyanee Mam
Executive Producers: Youk Chhang
Director of Photography: Kalyanee Mam
Editor: Chris Brown

2013 Films & Events

· A River Changes Course
· EFFY After Dark
· Elemental
· Gold Fever
· Installation: Sustainability Heard
· Installation: Young Photographers Exhibition
· More Than Honey
· Musicwood
· Shorts I: School’s Out!
· Shorts II: Redemption
· Special Event: Documentary vs. Advocacy
· Special Event: Jazz Ecology
· The East
· The Fruit Hunters
· The Last Ocean
· Trashed