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Blue Meridian
Year:  2010
Running Time:  80 minutes
Country:  Belgium
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Bay Model, Sausalito
Director:  Sofie Benoot

Description:
  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

Blue Meridian is a journey along the Mississippi River that not only crosses the deep south, but the imagination of North America. Representing the complex relationship between place and identity, this film reveals a story of national identity undergoing radical transformation. The river both joins and separates people as well as real and imaginary places. Southern identity is tightly connected with the notion of home, and Blue Meridian seeks to discover what is left of that notion today.

The Mississippi River flows both through the Deep South and the imagination of the American nation; it draws the border between the East and the West of the country, but also the division between the North and the South. As a blue meridian, it represents the complex relation between place and identity in North America. The film portrays people living in the decay of semi abandoned places, who try to rebuild, preserve and survive, in an attempt to take a stand in their land and its history. Flooding, civil rights movement riots, racism, real estate speculation have caused people to leave these towns and cities.

Blue Meridian tells the story of their endeavors to make the American promises true. A critical but emphatic look on America.





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